Cellebrite claims it can now unlock any iPhone for cops

Cellebrite claims it can now unlock any iPhone for cops

While the Israeli white-hat hacking company explains that its solutions aren't supposed to fall into the wrong hands, the simple fact that it's in possession of exploits that could unlock the majority of devices could be reason enough for the manufacturers of these smartphones to increase their efforts of patching these security holes. The company calls their tool set UFED Premium and markets it as, "The only on-premise solution for law enforcement agencies to unlock and extract crucial mobile phone evidence from all iOS and high-end Android devices".

Israeli forensics firm Cellebrite is responsible for creating such a tool - the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), and the security company now claims it can unlock nearly of all of the latest Apple and Android smart devices thanks to its latest update. It's still a process that requires phyiscal access to the target device, but the UFED can be sent to law enforcement agencies, rather than having them send target device to Cellebrite instead. The company said its UFED Premium software will allow police to gain access to third-party app data, chat conversations, downloaded emails and email attachments and more.

Cellebrite is proud to introduce #UFED Premium! It promises clients to get "a full file system extraction" on any iOS and many high-end Android phones and pads, as well as a physical extraction for the latter. Even though Apple portrays a strong stand against backdoor access to its devices and data stores on them, hackers and in some cases even governments have managed to break into Apple's walled garden.

As well as promising to crack iPhones running anything from iOS 7 (iPhone 5S/C onwards) to iOS 12.3 (the current version), Cellebrite also promises to make mincemeat out of pesky things like a human's fundamental right to privacy on Android too. Apple, however, opposed a judge's order to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation in unlocking an encrypted iPhone used by one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino shooting.

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