Indian government to purchase Cellebrite tech to bypass locked iPhones

By , Nov 4, 2016

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India’s premier forensic institute The Forensic Science Laboratory is buying Cellebrite’s tech that enables it to bypass locked iPhones, reports The Economic Times. The Israeli company made headlines earlier this year when it was reportedly sought out by the FBI to help it access the locked San Bernardino iPhone.

It’s unclear how much the FSL is paying for the technology, or what the deal will mean for other countries and organizations. The Times, however, has a quote from an FSL source saying they believe the move will make it the global go-to place for law enforcement agencies seeking to unlock highsecurity devices.

“We are likely to have the technology within a month or so. India will become a global hub for cases where law enforcement is unable to break into phones,” said a senior FSL official. All officials spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The official said devices such as iPhones with operating systems iOS 8 and above are virtually impossible to break into without this technology. In iPhones, failed attempts to guess the passcode results in data deletion or turns data into gibberish. Another FSL official said the laboratory had sought help from the Israeli firm for a few cases. But now the “entire tool” will be obtained. Only FSL Gandhinagar will have this technology. Requests for cracking encrypted devices from the country’s other forensic institutes will be entertained at a fee.

The news comes as encryption and user privacy have become hot topics in the US and around the world. In February, a judge ordered Apple to help the FBI recover data from an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters from last year’s San Bernardino massacre. Apple declined, pushing the case into the spotlight.

Source: The Economic Times

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  • Agneev Mukherjee

    God! Enough of India news…

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Idgf, 99% of investigation officers are high school pass or below

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Yeah, you’re right!

  • 7000rpm

    Well now. Things are deemed to get interesting for encryption and Apple softwares.

  • askep3

    Lol that outdated tech barely hacked an iPhone without secure enclave that wasn’t even on iOS 8, it’s only useful for outdated devices on old iOS versions! If you have both IOS 9+ and a 5s+ that softwares probably useless

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Exactly. Indian government is trying to break into news, you know just to use public exchequer for useless purpose rather than sorting out citizens’ lives

      • askep3

        Lol tru I didn’t even think about the fact that they had to buy it, and it’s probably not a small amount considering what the us gov payed for it.

      • tK

        You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.

      • askep3

        Why what did I say that was bad

      • felixtaf

        He is the so called Patriot, who wont talk bad about the country, even if its corrupted and crippled by illiterate and incapable politicians!

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Idiot, do you even have an idea about who’s buying the software, you literally have no idea about how investigation is done here. Get a life, man

      • felixtaf

        Y you have to be so abusive? You can argue in a civilized manner. We all know how investigation is done in India. The policeman will beat the heck out of you to get ur passcode or take ur fingerprint without ur consent. So, dnt even go there!

  • felixtaf

    Lol, Another method for corruption!
    Anyone who can buy a latest iPhone in India, can very well buy the judiciary too!

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      The iPhone 7 and plus are selling like big cakes, bitch ass troll .

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        I think he just meant the import fees on iPhones make them out of price range for lower class people which is why older iPhones are more popular around the world. Of course a lot can still pay the $1600 price or more for an iPhone but a lot cant

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        7 and Plus are outselling older models, here. trust me

      • felixtaf

        And with that 1600$ you can buy Judiciary in India. Govt is buying this software jus for corruption and extortion!

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        You can’t buy the defence council in that much. And as far as the judiciary is concerned, it’s the strongest pillar of our democracy. And we are not a poor country, we are way ahead than France and Australia. Go and check your facts, stupidiot

      • felixtaf

        LOL… Very good on paper…. Am an Indian too. So dont teach me about my country!

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Try bribing judge, they’ll smack your ass blue and black. Didn’t know that stupidiots like you exist in India

      • jp2002

        lol the judiciary in India is a joke!

      • felixtaf

        With the price of an iPhone, you can buy judiciary in India. This is what I meant.
        Y India is buying this Cellebrite software, when our police can beat the hell out of us to get passcode or fingerprint! lol

        If u dnt get it, dnt jump off the cliff. Hang on, someone can help you!