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Report: Israeli software company helping FBI crack iPhone

Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is said to be the company helping the FBI in its efforts to crack the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reports. Cellebrite officials refused to comment, but the company has been providing the FBI with decryption technology since 2013. Yesterday, a judge approved a two-week postponement of the FBI’s court action against Apple as the government explores a “third-party” method of unlocking the iPhone.

Cellebrite’s technology is specifically designed to extract information from cellular devices for use in criminal and intelligence investigations. If the company is successful in cracking iOS security measures for the government, it could dramatically impact the outcome of the Department of Justice’s case against Apple and reshape the public discussion around mobile device encryption. Apple has said it knows nothing about the DOJ’s possible method of gaining access to the phone, but requested to be informed of any security vulnerabilities discovered in the process. [via Venture Beat]


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