Earlier on US prosecutors announced that it no longer needed Apple’s help in unlocking the terrorist iPhone, stating that a “non-governmental third party” had presented a possible procedure for unlocking the encrypted iPhone. Although the authorities were not certain yet if this would work, no further information was giving regarding how they would go about it. We now have a clue as to how the FBI intends to achieve this.
A report from YNetNews says that the FBI is currently working with Cellebrite to uncover the information on the terrorist’s locked iPhone. Cellebrite has a history of working with the government agencies and is regarded as a world leader when it comes to digital forensics. Cellebrite’s system can uncover and back up data, as well as run diagnostics on over 15,000 models of cellphones, smartphones and tablets. It can also map the connections between the owner of the phone and those he/she contacted using the information extracted. Law enforcement, military, intelligence, security and government authorities in over 90 countries have been able to solve serious crimes using Cellebrite’s technology in the past. Cellebrite technologies has helped solve double murder in Connecticut by using incriminating text messages extracted from the killer’s phone, which revealed the perpetrator to be the victims’ son.
Cellebrite’s assistance to some great extent might help the FBI gain access to Syed’s iPhone, which might reveal everyone who communicated with the shooter before or after the San Bernadino shooting.
So far Apple said it doesn’t have an idea of anything beyond what has been publicly announced, the FBI and Cellebrite has also refused to comment on this report. The FBI has until April to find a solution before putting the pressure back on Apple.
Cellebrite is a privately held company, it was established in Israel in 1999 by Yossi Carmil and Ron Serber, together with a team of experienced telecom and mobile telephony professionals. It manufactures various data extraction, transfer and analysis devices for cellular phones and mobile devices. Its products include specialized hardware and software aimed at acquiring both physical and logical data stored on mobile devices, with the ability to transfer the extracted data to other devices, parse acquired data and analyze content. Cellebrite is headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel.
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