Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Cellbrite Tools for Cracking Older iPhones Leaked

Joseph Cox, Vice:

In January, Motherboard reported that a hacker had stolen 900GB of data from mobile phone forensics company Cellebrite. The data suggested that Cellebrite had sold its phone cracking technology to oppressive regimes such as Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia.

Now the hacker responsible has publicly released a cache of files allegedly stolen from Cellebrite relating to Android and BlackBerry devices, and older iPhones, some of which may have been copied from publicly available phone cracking tools.

In addition, back in December, a group calling themselves the “Shadow Brokers” dumped a bunch of older NSA tools that had been left on a server. Between these two leaks alone, it’s extremely clear that Apple was completely correct when they defended themselves last year against the FBI: it’s never “just one phone”.