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The FBI authorized a $15,000 agreement with Israeli-tech firm Cellebrite to break the iPhone 5c at the heart of the San Bernardino capturing examination. According to a new file, Cellebrite might not have actually been the ones who effectively hacked the smartphone, after all.

Instead, the Feds reportedly broke into the iPhone 5c with the help of a group of professional cyberpunks that found and brought to the bureau a previously unknown iOS defect – letting them obtain around the iPhone’s four-digit pincode attribute, without inadvertently getting rid of the apple iphone’s data in the process.

In the words of the Washington Post:

‘The scientists, who generally maintain a low account, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some situations offering them to the U.S. federal government. They were paid a one-time level cost for the solution.’

Exactly that helped the FBI crack the iPhone 5c isn’t revealed by the write-up, although it is noted that ‘at the very least one’ of the group is recognized for selling problems to governments and business that make monitoring tools.

Regardless of whether the hackers are Cellebrite or … these guys, nevertheless, the reality continues to be that the current hacking remedy just helps an iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

FBI supervisor James Comey has admitted that this represents a ‘slim piece’ of iPhones, although that piece could get back at smaller sized if – when – Apple finds the vulnerability and is able to plug it.