Hacker Reportedly Dumps ‘iOS Cracking Tools’ Used by Cellebrite

One of the largest stories from 2016 was the back-and-forth between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigations regarding a locked iPhone 5c.

That particular iPhone belonged to the shooter of the San Bernardino terrorist event that took place last year. The FBI demanded, in one way or another, that Apple grant access to that device, so that they could ascertain any information on it. While Apple helped in the ways that it could, it consistently pressed that access to the data on that device could be accessed by anyone if the company created a backdoor into the mobile operating system.

Motherboard reports that a hacker has claimed access to Cellebrite servers, and, as a result, has dumped data from a variety of different devices, from BlackBerry to Android, and “older iPhones.” Specifically, the same publication reported back in January that Cellebrite had 900GB of data stolen, which indicated that the company sold its phone cracking technology to a variety of different countries.

“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.

“The debate around backdoors is not going to go away, rather, its is almost certainly going to get more intense as we lurch toward a more authoritarian society,” the hacker told Motherboard in an online chat.”

The data dump would effectively prove, or help Apple prove, its argument that a backdoor, while a great solution in the moment, leaves customers and companies potentially exposed after the fact. The unnamed hacker, speaking to Motherboard made this abundantly clear, reiterating that, even if Cellebrite’s cracking tools require that they have physical access to the device to pull its contents, what they store in their servers after the fact does not have the same guidelines.

“It’s important to demonstrate that when you create these tools, they will make it out. History should make that clear,” they continued.”

The hacker and the data dump only prove that customers should keep their devices up-to-date, if they are truly focused on security and privacy.

The full report can be read through the source link below.

[via Motherboard]