Israeli start up filling in for the FBI
The FBI has hired Israeli startup Cellebrite
to unlock the San Bernadino terrorists' iPhones that Apple refuses to unlock.
That's according to a story filed by Reuters this morning, based on a report in Wednesday's copy of Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
If the software company succeeds then the FBI will no longer need the
help of Apple, the report claimed, citing unnamed industry sources.
According to its website,
Cellebrite offers "mobile forensics solutions" which "give access to
and unlock the intelligence of mobile data sources to extend
investigative capabilities, accelerate investigations, unify
investigative teams and produce solid evidence".
Apple and the U.S. government have been embroiled in a heated public
battle that started when a court ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock
the iPhone 5c of terrorist Syed Farook. Unlocking the iPhone would
require Apple to build a new version of iOS that bypasses iPhone
passcode restrictions and provides the FBI with a way to enter passcodes
electronically, something Apple has staunchly refused to do.
On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department convinced
the court overseeing its ongoing battle with Apple to postpone a
hearing scheduled to take place March 22. The DoJ said new leads had
been discovered that could provide it with a way to unlock the iPhone 5c
used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without involving Apple.
Labels: FBI, Islamic terrorism, Israeli high tech