Cellebrite claims it can unlock any iPhone

Highlights:


  • Cellebrite said that the system will allow the police to gain access to third-party app data, chat conversations, saved emails and attachments, deleted content, and more.
  • UFED Premium may unlock iPhones and iPads up to iOS 12.3
  • The company will be able to unlock iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 to iOS 12.3, as well as high-end Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 to Galaxy S9 models, and devices from Huawei, LG, Motorola, and Xiaomi.

Cellebrite, an Israeli forensics company, has launched a scheme capable of unlocking any iPhone, iPad or high-end Android device, renewing the sensitive dance between technology to extract information from locked smartphones and producers promising their clients privacy.

In announcing a fresh version of its Universal Forensic Extraction Device, or UFED, called UFED Premium, Cellebrite is not at all shy. The service, which was developed to assist law enforcement in unlocking and extracting information from closed iOS and

Android facilities, will be sold as an “on-site instrument,” which implies police will be able to purchase and then use the hacking device on their own, however they wish.

On the official UFED Premium website, Cellebrite said the scheme will allow police to access information from third-party apps, chat, saved emails and attachments, deleted material, and more. The firm will be able to unlock iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 to iOS 12.3, as well as high-end Android smartphones such as the versions Samsung Galaxy S6 to Galaxy S9, and Huawei, LG, Motorola, and Xiaomi phones.

No other law enforcement contractor is able to unlock or at least not openly unlock such a broad variety of iOS and Android devices. Compared to her prior involvement with law enforcement, Cellebrite was more secretive.

Cellebrite claims it can unlock any iPhone up to iOS 12.3

Cellebrite is thought to be the company that the FBI requested to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c, one of the murderers in the December 2015 San Bernardino shooting. The officials requested that Apple develop an iOS backdoor to obtain

information from the smartphone, but the firm refused to compromise its mobile operating system’s safety. The FBI then asked Cellebrite for assistance, although there were conflicting reports that the iPhone 5c could actually crack open.

As shown by the modifications made to iOS 12 that prevented the GrayKey password cracker from working, Apple is severe in its attempts to block instruments that unlock iPhones.

UFED Premium can unlock iPhones and iPads up to iOS 12.3, while GrayKey only starts working with some variants of iOS 12. iPhone owners who want to protect themselves from such unlocking facilities should always update to the recentiOS version —iOS 13 is released next to the 2019 iPhones in September.

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