“The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t plan to tell Apple Inc. how it cracked a San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist’s phone, said people familiar with the matter, leaving the company in the dark on a security vulnerability on some iPhone models,” Devlin Barrett reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The FBI knows how to use the phone-hacking tool it bought to open the iPhone 5c but doesn’t specifically knows how it works, allowing the tool to avoid a White House review, the people said,” Barrett reports. “The FBI plans to notify the White House of this conclusion in the coming days, they added.”

“Christopher Soghoian, chief technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the planned move by the FBI to avoid notifying Apple shows that the government process for reviewing software vulnerabilities “’is riddled with loopholes,'” Barrett reports. “‘If the government can circumvent the process merely by buying vulnerabilities, then the process becomes a farce,’ Mr. Soghoian said. ‘The FBI is not interested in cybersecurity.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple no longer makes iPhones without Secure Enclaves, so, regardless of the FBI’s myopic stupidity, the vast majority of iPhone users are unaffected by the hack purchased with U.S. taxpayers’ hard-earned money by the feckless FBI.

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