Israeli firm Cellebrite is reportedly helping FBI crack San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone

Israeli firm Cellebrite is reportedly helping FBI crack San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone

In a Wednesday report, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonot has revealed that the unidentified “outside party” which is apparently helping the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to unlock the iPhone used by a San Bernardino terrorist is an Israeli cybersecurity company called Cellebrite.

The mention of the “outside party” -- in the ongoing Apple-FBI iphone encryption scuffle -- was made by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) this week. With Apple opposing the FBI’s demands for help in unlocking a San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, the DoJ said that an “outside party” had agreed to help the FBI in breaking into the iPhone.

The disclosure left the security experts wondering about the mysterious "outside party" that has the capability to crack Apple’s encypted iPhone.

However, Israeli newspaper has recently reported that the “outside party” helping the FBI is Cellebrite cybersecurity firm, which is based just outside Tel Aviv. The report is apparently based on the past connection of Cellebrite as well as the indications from its recent movements.

Though the FBI has squashed the reports of its partnership with Cellebrite for unlocking the iPhone in question, an unnamed Cellebrite employee has apparently told Mashable – on the condition of anonymity – that the company's Executive VP for mobile forensics, Leeor Ben-Peretz, had spent the last few days in the US, apparently to demonstrate Cellebrite’s forensics capabilities to US authorities.

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