Who can hack an iPhone for the FBI? Clues point to Cellebrite in Israel.
The FBI has been trying to hack into the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter for months. But this week, when the Justice Department suddenly announced that a mysterious “outside party” was helping investigators access the data, security experts wondered who might be capable of cracking Apple’s encryption.
Now, all eyes are on an Israeli cybersecurity company whose past connections and recent movements suggest it may be the FBI’s white knight.
Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonot reported Wednesday that the unidentified party is Cellebrite, based just outside Tel Aviv. But the FBI and Cellebrite have refused to confirm any relationship. And on Thursday, unnamed law enforcement officials speaking on background to USA Today squashed reports of a partnership. Read more…