By James E. ClarkThe Federal Bureau of Investigation has agreed to pay $10 million to a hacker who helped Apple fix an undisclosed bug that led to a security breach affecting at least 6.6 million iPhones.
The settlement, announced Thursday, resolves a lawsuit brought by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) division of the Department of Justice.
The CFAA targets computer hackers, known as “hackers,” who seek to steal information or steal data from computers.
The complaint alleges that the hack could have been carried out by a foreign actor.
Apple has denied any involvement.CFAA charges are not uncommon in the tech industry, and Apple was not the only company to face charges this year.
The FBI filed charges against a former Google engineer, and more than 60 people have been convicted under the law since 2013.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department have also launched investigations into several companies for allegedly violating the law.
In one of those cases, the FTC charged a former Yahoo executive with violating the CFAA for helping Google to fix a security flaw that allowed hackers to break into the company’s data.