UFED Premium, new cracker for iOS & Android

Ruben Fields
June 19, 2019

Cellebrite is an Israel based forensic firm that manufactures data extraction, transfer and analysis devices for cellular phones and mobile devices.

Now, an Israeli-based forensics company, Cellbrite, has announced that its new tool can break into any password-protected iOS and Android device. The same is true on high-end Android devices including the Samsung S6/S7/S8/S9 and handsets from Huawei, LG, Motorola, and Xiaomi. The company has entailed that the solution will be able to "bypass or determine locks and perform a full file system extraction" on any iOS device as well as Android devices.

In 2018, Cellebrite claimed that its engineers are skilled enough to unlock even the most recent iPhone X.

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The device will be available to law enforcement agencies "on-premise", meaning they will be able to operate the machine themselves and get the results independently of Cellebrite.

Cellebrite is clear that it will sell its hacking tool to law enforcement agencies and governments trying to unlock devices used by criminals or terrorists. Apple, however, opposed a judge's order to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation in unlocking an encrypted iPhone used by one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino shooting. The general public usually is not conscious of behind-the-scenes tussles between smartphone producers introducing new applied sciences and safety layers to guard customers' information on their smartphones and the efforts undertaken by safety companies and legal hackers to avoid these measures. The company said its UFED Premium software will allow police to gain access to third-party app data, chat conversations, downloaded emails and email attachments and more.

The company has indeed made a shocking claim that the tool can even unlock iOS devices running the version 12.3 since it has been recently released and it isn't also clear whether the tool works on the updated version iOS 12.3.2 and what will happen if Apple releases iOS 13.0 in 2019. The company calls their tool set UFED Premium and markets it as, "The only on-premise solution for law enforcement agencies to unlock and extract crucial mobile phone evidence from all iOS and high-end Android devices".

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