What you need to know
- OneZero report suggests New York City's District Attorney paid $200,000 to Cellebrite for UFED Premium.
- Contract shows the DA's office subscribed to the Israeli firm's technology back in January 2018.
- Cellebrite claims UFED Premium is an "on-premise solution for law enforcement agencies to unlock and extract crucial mobile phone evidence from all iOS and high-end Android devices."
A report from One Zero, via 9to5 Mac claims that the New York District Attorney's office in Manhattan has been using Cellebrite technology to unlock iPhones since January 2018. Cellebrite's UFED Premium can purportedly unlock any iPhone from iOS 7 to 12.3, bypassing or determining locks and performing file extraction.
Israeli company Cellebrite announced the service back in June 2019, claiming that it was offering the ability to unlock any iOS device "in-house". According to their website:
Now, the latest report from OneZero suggests that the Manhattn District Attorney's Office may have already been using this technology since the beginning of last year.
OneZero goes on to report how a Legal Aid Society Attorney Jerome Greco says that he believes that the phone of one of his clients had been accessed during a case in 2018:
When pressed for Comment Cellebrite said that it never discussed the details of its clients.
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