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Check out the information that was taken off an Apple iPhone 5 using a Cellebrite machine

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Check out the information that was taken off an Apple iPhone 5 using a Cellebrite machine
The Cellebrite machine has been around for some time now, helping carriers move over contacts lists and other data from a customer's old phone to the new one just purchased. We used to confirm that certain models were about to be launched by finding the name of the rumored handset on a Cellebrite machine.

Recently, information was leaked from a law firm that shows the depth of information that could be taken off an Apple iPhone 5 running iOS 8. That build of iOS was the first to come with passcode related encryption, and Cellebrite says that it can't break passcodes on Apple iPhone 4s models and later. But the owner of this iPhone 5 did not use a passcode. This allowed a police department in California to use a dedicated computer to run Cellebrite on this particular unit, using a process that dumps everything in the phone's memory at the time. Some deleted material also appeared.

If you've ever wondered how much information can be squeezed out of a four-year old phone, you might be surprised. Information about the hardware itself is extracted, including the unique IMEI number and the phone number. The geolocation of every photo is placed on a map and a text conversation can be viewed including the recipient's phone number and the exact conversation from both sides. Also revealed are usernames and passwords for accounts used on the phone. In this case, a username and password was retrieved for Instagram.

All wireless networks that the phone connected to are listed as are phone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls, and the time that the call was placed or received. Contacts lists, notes, voicemails and more all were made available, which you can see for yourself by clicking on the slideshow below.

Now that you've seen this, you can understand why law enforcement is so determined to break into handsets belonging to certain suspects. At the same time, you can also understand why Apple was equally determined not to let the FBI open the Apple iPhone 5c that belonged to the deceased San Bernardino shooter, who did use a passcode.


source: ZDNet

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posted on 24 Dec 2016, 06:30 4

1. juandante (Posts: 655; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Well, if you don't commit crime, or you are not an important person, nothing to worry about for this news.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 06:58 1

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 4952; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


If a cop came up to you and asked you to unlock your phone for him...would you do it without hesitation?

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 07:44 1

5. ThE_fLaSh (Posts: 26; Member since: 10 Dec 2016)


Well if I am a suspect than obviously I will but with my lawyer

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 07:59

8. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 852; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


Ditto

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 09:52

14. lyndon420 (Posts: 4952; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


And if you aren't a subject?

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 17:28

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 4315; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


You can always pull the race card to the cop, they get very intimidated if you sound like you know what you're talking about.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 08:26

11. RoboticEngi (Posts: 1045; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Of course. They are law enforcement.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 07:32

4. xperian (Posts: 382; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


What if you live in a country with an oppressive government, and any criticism of it is a crime?

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 07:58 2

7. juandante (Posts: 655; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


What if you live in a non oppressive country, and there is a strong terrorist/drug network mass killing hundreds of people ?

Anyone can say anything with "what if". You don't live in an oppressive country, and you are not a criminal, so again no need to worry about this news.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 07:21

3. Khyron (Posts: 293; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


Could does this machine the same with the blackberry security?

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 12:00

16. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Blackberry is secure but I don't see why it couldn't.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 07:53

6. ph00ny (Posts: 1464; Member since: 26 May 2011)


One time i was able to recover 4k+ deleted text messages from a blackberry many many years ago with a cellbrite device. They've come a long way since and can perform physical extraction of the nand storage (this will allow the forensic guys to examine down to the bits to go further in their analysis of the user devices)

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 08:02 1

9. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 852; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


Encryption is unfortunately a double edged sword. It helps us protect our data but may help someone who killed 50 people walk away free because all evidence of it is locked in an encrypted device.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 08:13

10. sissy246 (Posts: 3875; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Well for one I am not go no to give a reason for them to need to.
But this cannot be true. The iPhone has the best security out there. No one can hack a iPhone. According to ifans.
All phones can be hacked

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 09:16 1

13. maple_mak (Posts: 844; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


No phones are secured.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 08:34

12. zenun12 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2016)


iPhones can be hacked, only much harder than Android since they are a closed source ecosystem, so there's not much to start with.

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 15:53

17. mcoomes (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


The whole debate regarding privacy vs. law enforcement access is nothing more than a replay of prior, similar debates, only updated to reflect our use of today's technology. We'll have this same debate in a few years again, whether it's regarding your personal AI or a microchip in your body that communicates with others.

I've never been sure what people get all uptight about anyway. What's so utterly private? It's not like it's a secret that a lot of us view porn on our devices, or peek at naked celeb photos, or shop online during work hours, or whatever else you can think of.

The only thing to be determined, really, is where to draw the line.

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 11:49

19. trojan_horse (Posts: 4570; Member since: 06 May 2016)


I would have been impressed by the job of this cellbrite machine if that iPhone 5 was encrypted with a passcode! :P

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 10:00

20. natypes (Posts: 1104; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Oh look it's the resident "goburment is trying to kill me" nut Lyndon. lol Did you not get new meds for Xmas?

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 13:48

21. Pitrich (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Apr 2016)


Hell no , just on principle I'm not.. say I have a naked pic of my girl in pics, if a cop asked to see he tits unless it was to let us go the answer is no

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