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'Lawful Hacking' Hurts Smaller Cities, Manhattan DA Says

Law360, New York (November 16, 2017, 5:03 PM EST) -- Law enforcement's increased reliance on third-party hacking to get into encrypted smartphones gives wealthy cities an unfair edge in solving crimes, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance warned Thursday.

Citing reports that the FBI spent more than $1 million to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino, California, killings, Vance said at a cybersecurity event hosted by his office that "maybe a dozen" of the roughly 3,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide can afford to pay consultants to possibly get past...
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