Apple Policy on Bugs May Explain Why Hackers Would Help F.B.I.

Just this week, researchers at Johns Hopkins University uncovered a flaw that would allow attackers to decrypt the contents of photos and videos attached in Apple’s iMessage program. The researchers turned that flaw over to Apple for patching.

“Especially with the stakes being as high as they are, if Apple wants to continue to compete in the modern world, they have to modernize their approach,” said Katie Moussouris, a chief policy officer at HackerOne, which companies like Yahoo, Dropbox and now Uber pay to manage their bug bounty programs.

The identity of the third party that approached the F.B.I. with the possible way to unlock the iPhone — which was used by one of the attackers in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., last year — remained unknown on Tuesday….

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