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

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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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

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

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

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

5. ThE_fLaSh

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 10, 2016

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

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016


14. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And if you aren't a subject?

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Of course. They are law enforcement.

4. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

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

7. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 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.

3. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Could does this machine the same with the blackberry security?

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 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)

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 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

13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

No phones are secured.

12. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

17. mcoomes

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 12, 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.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

20. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

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

21. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 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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