FBI bought a tool from a private party to unlock an alleged shooter’s iPhone

FBI Director James Comey says that the government purchased "a tool" from a private party in order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, reports CNN Money.

"Litigation between the government and Apple over the San Bernardino phone has ended, because the government has purchased, from a private party, a way to get into that phone, 5C, running iOS 9," he said.

Law enforcement officials revealed in late March that they had finally cracked the iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of two shooters in the December 2015 attack that left 14 people dead. But they didn’t go into details, other than to say an unnamed third party had provided assistance. Some reports say that Israel's Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the FBI.