Tech company Cellebrite says it can break into every iPhone made and some Android phones

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Cellebrite has long been rumored as the company that helped police and FBI gain access to the iPhone the San Bernardino killer was using.

Cellebrite is a security and technology company located in Israel whose goal is to help law enforcement gain access to secure technology. Secure technology like Apple’s iPhone. Cellebrite has long been rumored as the company that helped police and FBI gain access to the iPhone the San Bernardino killer was using.

Now, Cellebrite says they have found a way to access every iPhone ever made and they can access a number of Android phones as well. The company works very closely with law enforcement agencies and is promoting a technology they call UFED Premium. This new technology is being marketed to law enforcement as the only way to gain access to “mobile phone evidence” in the field.

The product enables a full file system extraction, allowing, in effect, a copy of the phone’s data to be transferred to a client’s computer. It lets law enforcement agencies obtain “access to 3rd party app data, chat conversations, downloaded emails and email attachments, deleted content and more,” the company boasts. “Increase your chances of finding the incriminating evidence and bringing your case to a resolution,” it says in its sales pitch.

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The company also says their new technology can recover data that has been deleted or corrupted on mobile devices. It’s important to note that this technology requires a physical connection to the iPhone, it does not work wirelessly. This type of technology is controversial in the eyes of some users but Cellebrite defends it as being part of the greater good.

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Cellebrite says they can also break into some Android phones.

“There’s a public safety imperative here. These capabilities are germane again to homicide, crimes against children, drug gangs, major public safety threats in any community,” the company’s chief marketing officer, Jeremy Nazarian, told Forbes in a March 2018 interview. “We feel an obligation to those serving the public safety mission to ensure those capabilities are preserved, to the extent that they can be.”

The Time of Israel

The company also says they do not sell their technology to just anyone. Law enforcement agencies must show that they have the authority to access the phones in question before they give access to their technology.

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  Source: The Times of Israel

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