Cellebrite executive says unlocking the iPhone is for the public good
by Alan Friedman / Mar 04, 2018, 11:46 AM
Nazarian made sure to explain that the process does not include listening in to one's phone calls. A court order needs to be obtained requesting the information as evidence needed to help build a case, or complete an investigation.
How Cellebrite unlocks the iPhone is unknown, of course. One guess made by Ryan Duff, director of cyber solutions at Point3 Security, is that the company discovered a flaw in the iPhone's Secure Enclave. Found inside the smartphone since the Apple iPhone 5s, this is a chip that is akin to the security director on the iPhone. The chip makes hackers have to wait longer times between passcode entries. A strong passcode is important for iPhone users to create. Duff says that if a flaw is how Cellebrite opens locked iPhone models, it would take them under 23 hours to guess a 6-number passcode. On the other hand, an alpha-numeric passcode using lowercase letters and numbers would take 5 and a half years to open, and a stronger passcode would be "uncrackable."
It is extremely possible that this theory has nothing to do with the method used by Cellebrite to unlock the iPhone. And while we will probably never learn the method employed, the company just wants you to understand that the method was created in the name of public safety.
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This has to stop. It should be the constitutional right of the citizens to have total authority on their phones. And the courts should be obligated to disregard any information or 'evidence' obtained from phones unlocked without their owners' consent. Anyone, who possess the capability to bypass the security of a phone, can deceitfully download and/or send illegal or harmful data which can later be presented to the jury to frame the owner. Privacy is a privilege and it should be treated as such. I sincerely hope that Apple fix this vulnerability in the latest update.
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 12:13 PM 7
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I believe you mean Privacy is a Right. Privileges can be revoked without due process. Personally, I think the line should be drawn that phone data be treated like anything else you keep inside your home behind locked doors (e.g.. a duly signed search warrant). Cops should not be allowed to hire private organizations to bypass security features to go on fishing expeditions without judicial oversight, nor should they be allowed to force a person to unlock their phone (fingerprint, facial recognition) to allow access, just as they cannot compel you to unlock your front door and invite them in.
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 12:33 PM 3
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I agree with you plonko. And aside from probable cause I'm sure that is already the case. The biggest stories in regard to authorities wanting access to IOS devices were those of criminals who were already deceased. In those cases I'm all for Cellebrite doing their thing for the authorities...
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 1:23 PM 3
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I agree as well. A warrant is the only way to get into a device. I would also say we now store IP on our devices that normally would be protected by the 5th amendment. That particular data should not be recoverable by any method.
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 3:22 PM 0
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If you have incriminating evidence on your phone then you deserve to be busted, as long as the authorities get the correct search warrent, and this access is controlled then whats the problem??? do you have something to hide? na me either, so if under extreme circumstances ie, child porn, terrorism, murder etc then the courts should have every right to search your phone much like they would your house,car,office, you phone is no different in terms of privacy then your home surely
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 7:57 PM 0
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Sure. And what about those who's privacy has been violated for no justification and with no incriminating evidence against them? Should we people just bend over and take it or should we expect some kind of compensation after being (in some cases) publicly humiliated if front of our neighbors/co-workers? Just so you know...some of us value our privacy while at the same time are hiding nothing.
posted on Mar 05, 2018, 7:11 AM 0
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Actually I have no issue with this, it’s a cat and mouse game. That’s how it has always been in the past and it pushes companies to keep working on securing their devices. Better that than passing some crappy law that outlaw everything. No such laws should exist imho.
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 12:29 PM 1
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if he/she murdered someone or did terrorist attack and killed bunch of people in my view all of their rights to privacy must be revoked immediately. lost life or lives > some low life privacy
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 2:01 PM 3
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There is no right to privacy. As long as law enforcement has warrant they the can search any of your property against your will.
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 2:14 PM 2
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Why should an iPhone be more "private" than your email account data, your entire house (search warrant) or your bank account transactions ? It's stupid.
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 2:19 PM 3
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Why shouldn't it? Since when did tech pundits become government dogs?
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 2:46 PM 0
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Gotta get the bad guys somehow. This is just one more tool at their disposal. Do I trust the government to use it appropriately? Of course not. If you keep anything ultra sensitive on your phone...... well it your fault for being that naive.
posted on Mar 04, 2018, 4:16 PM 1
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Where ever you see the word Zionist being used, you see an insecure little racist behind it.
posted on Mar 05, 2018, 4:28 AM 1
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