NSA finally admits why it couldn't hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone


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It can tap undersea fiber optic cables, force leading technology giants to turn over a limitless supply of user data, and listen in on the phone calls of every person in the Bahamas — and more.

Yet when it comes to cracking into an iPhone 5c, the National Security Agency was stumped.

NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett said at a conference on Friday (via The Intercept, which first reported the story) that the NSA has to prioritize its resources in a utilitarian way — in that it will focus its resources on cracking the popular devices among suspected criminals, rather than the more…

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