Mobile forensics firm that unlocked terrorist’s iPhone 5c thinks it can hack iPhone 6

By , Apr 11, 2016

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Mobile forensics firm Cellebrite that helped the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation bypass the passcode protection on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c is adamant that it can also work around Apple’s security protections and hack into an iPhone 6, CNN reports.

Italian father Leonardo Fabbretti, who wanted to see the photos stored on his dead son Dama’s iPhone but was told by Apple that it was impossible to get into the device without a passcode, has now met with Cellebrite executives who have been working on accessing the files.

Grieving father turns to Cellebrite

“I just came back from their office in northern Italy. The meeting went well. They were able to download the directories with the iPhone’s content, but there is still work to be done in order to access the files,” Fabbretti said.

Dama didn’t use iCloud backup so Apple was unable to restore the photos, videos and messages on his phone. Although he had given his father Fabbretti access to his phone by registering his thumbprint, Fabbretti says the phone restarted.

As Touch ID requires a passcode every time a device restarts, that has effectively prevented Fabbretti from getting into the phone as he doesn’t know his son’s passcode.

The myth of unhackable iPhones

Given Apple hasn’t shied away from marketing the strong security and encryption as one of the most important iPhone features setting it apart from the competition, the firm could suffer a major blow that could vastly change the public’s perception of iPhone security should Cellebrite successfully hack the iPhone 6.

Cellebrite was identified as the firm the FBI bought a tool from to bypass iOS 9’s passcode delay and automatic wipe features on the shooter’s iPhone 5c. Apple has said it was interested to learn about the exploits Cellebrite tapped in order to break into that device, but the FBI isn’t keen on sharing that information with the Cupertino firm.

Source: CNN

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  • If we can’t get a jailbreak for iOS 9.3, then why do they think they can hack an iPhone 6?

    • John

      I dunno, maybe one day you might learn that the world isn’t ONLY about jail breaking but then…

      • TechnoBuff

        For once i agree with you …. LOL

      • Antzboogie

        #Jailbreaking is one of the only reasons I buy an iPhone without its too restrictive for me.

      • Sir.Rhommi

        Restrictive how?

    • SouthsideCripNigga

      We can, they just won’t release it

  • Jon20

    Wow…I’m sure glad the interest of getting into the iPhone was only due to one phone. Get ready to start putting black tape over your front facing camera folks!!!

    • TechnoBuff

      Fear mongering at best….

  • Chris Wagers

    I think it’s great. as people, groups or companies try to crack apples security it will make apple products even more secure. Above that Apple needs to offer iCloud encryption that they can’t access. It’s making even want to go back to iTunes backups and I don’t have anything to hide.

  • 5723alex .

    Look for IP BOX.

  • :D

    Maybe he’s hoping for a last-minute video message from his son or something.
    Losing people close to you can be really hard and people grieve in different ways. Let the guy just do his thing…

    • John

      I understand that, and I respect that people mourn in their own way but there’s a way you mourn and there’s a way you seek attention.

      This screams attention.

      • Antonakis Kipouros Nikopolidis

        Well as this happened to me last year and was trying to unlock my cousins phone for 3-4 months ( for her parents ) last thing on your mind is the attention. Trust me if the company succeeds, they will have 1000s of new customers. Us included…
        One last pic or video matters…..

      • John

        Yeah, I understand the whole grieving father and wanting whatever last memories you can of a relative who passed, I do but this is absolutely invasion of privacy.

        That phone is locked.
        That phone is not accessible.
        The owner is no longer here to defend or to express what is to be done with that device.

        Who is he to hack the phone just because.
        Not cool.

  • Bill

    So the rumor I heard from a commenter on here awhile ago was true after all about it being an israeli company. Well isn’t that just interesting, as always. Shaking my damn head.

  • J™

    5C have TouchID?

    • 5723alex .