On the same day, the Department of Justice announced that the Justice Department had charged five former Apple employees, including co-founder Steve Jobs, with conspiring to defraud investors in a securities fraud scheme.
Apple is the most high-profile defendant.
Apple’s lawyer has said the company cooperated with the investigation, but a spokeswoman said that she couldn’t discuss the case.
A company spokesperson said the government was not interested in comment.
The FBI has launched an investigation into the case and has subpoenaed documents from Apple.
Apple declined to comment.
The FBI’s announcement comes on the same week that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began investigating the company.
The SEC, which is part of the Justice and Treasury Departments, has opened a civil fraud probe, according to SEC spokesman Patrick Ferenstein.
The agency’s investigation is being led by an acting director, Richard J. Painter, who was nominated to the post by President Donald Trump.
Painter was previously an attorney at Jenner & Block and worked on a case against Microsoft Corp. in which he was a lead defendant.
In that case, he represented Microsoft in a lawsuit against the company over the sale of Microsoft Office 2007.
He was also the first openly gay lawyer to serve as a senior partner at Jenner.
The SEC has said that the company’s products and services, including iTunes, were vulnerable to hackers because they were distributed through the Internet.
“The Commission’s investigation of Apple products and Services has uncovered numerous vulnerabilities in the software that Apple uses to distribute its products, including the unauthorized use of the Company’s proprietary code to encrypt data on devices that are used to connect to the Company and other companies, including those that have provided Apple with products and software,” the SEC said in a statement.
Apple said it was cooperating with the probe and that it has not yet reached any conclusions.
The Justice Department is expected to announce its findings later this week.