Last week, we learned that the Cellebrite could unlock any iPhone, including the newest ones (with the latest operating system, iOS 11).
Many were concerned about the safety of their devices, but another Forbes came to calm the mood in an interview with Jeremy Nazarian, head of marketing for the Israeli company.
The Cellebrite name came up after the firm was able to unlock and access the San Bernardino sniper iPhone 5c, with permission from the FBI. Therefore, as expected, Nazarian stated that this type of action is acceptable for more serious cases:
There is a question of public security here. These capabilities are appropriate for homicides, crimes against children, drug trafficking, that is, the main threats to public security in any community. We feel an obligation to those serving the public security mission to ensure that these capabilities are preserved.
Confirming much of what we said on our podcast, the MacMagazine on Air # 268, the executive comforted those who believe that the firm uses malicious and illegal tools, which can compromise security, saying that “it’s not like that [que funciona]”; he explained that no one is “listening to your iPhone” with “wireless” listening – in fact, physical access to the device is required for any information extraction.
In addition, the devices to be accessed must be obtained as evidence that is part of an investigation or case. “There is nothing inherent in the technology, which means that it is open to misuse,” said Nazarian.
In the case of iPhones 8, 8 Plus or X, which were accessed by the company and reported in another published article, the executive did not offer details as this could allow Apple engineers to correct any flaws in iOS security, forcing Cellebrite to create new unlocking methods. For this reason, she remains as reserved as possible on the subject, earning good money from requests – as she said, “for public security” – made by several large companies and governments.
I just hope that money does not speak louder than ethics, if the request is something that does not necessarily have to do with public security (or what some governments consider as such) …