Do you remember a fight between Apple and the FBI for unlocking an iPhone which belonged to the terrorist behind the San Bernardino mass shooting two years ago? Then, Apple had refused to help the FBI to access the information on the locked iPhone. As a result, the FBI had to pay more than a million dollars to a third-party company that unlocked the iPhone.
According to the Hacker News, the FTB will not have to fight Apple over unlocking iPhones because the Israeli-based forensic company named Cellebrite has announced that they have discovered the way how to unlock any iPhone in the market, including iPhone X.
Cellebrite is a major security contractor to the USA law enforcement agencies. Forbes recently reported that the contractor has a new hacking tool which is able to unlock pretty much every iPhone running iOS 11 and older versions.
The company revealed a report named “Cellebrite Advanced Unlocking & Extraction Services, which claims that their service can hack the security of “Apple iOS devices and operating systems, including iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPod touch, running iOS 5 to iOS 11.
It was also reported that the company could also unlock the iPhone 8 because the security across Apple’s newest iPhones are very similar and the company can break into the latest Apple model iPhone X.
What is more, Cellebrite can also hack and break into Google mobile operating system Android-powered devices, including Samsung (Galaxy and Note series), Google Nexus, LG, Motorolla, Alcatel, HTC, ZTE, and others.
Cellebrite Advanced Unlocking Services is the industry's only solution for overcoming many types of complex locks on market-leading devices. This can determine or disable the PIN, pattern, password screen locks or passcodes on the latest Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
The Department of Homeland Security reportedly broke into an iPhone X which belongs to a suspect in a trafficking case. Cellebrite-trained specialist probably was involved in the case.
However, Forbes does not mention the method or technology which was used to break into iPhone X.
Cellebrite was established in 1999. The company specializes in digital forensics tools and software for mobile devices. Their customers include the US government. Cellebrite’s one of the main products is the Universal Forensic Extraction Device or UFED which helps consumers to extract data and passwords from mobile devices.
Even though Cellebrite found the way how to break into iPhone’s and potentially affect Apple users, Apple also introduces software updates and patches on a regular basis. So if you want to increase your devices’ protection, make sure to keep them up-to-date.