Farook's iPhone hackers are busting the Apple iPhone 6 open to help a grieving man

Farook's iPhone hackers are busting the Apple iPhone 6 open to help a grieving man

All it takes to unlock even the safest, sturdiest lock is the right set of the tools in knowing hands. It could be the right key. It could be the right hammer and saw. Doesn't matter, as long as it gets the job done. Nothing is immune to this fact, not even the tightly secured iPhone 6. Apparently, Israeli tech firm Cellebrite – the one employed by the FBI to hack the infamous iPhone 5c belonging to the prime suspect at the epicenter of the San Bernardino shooting case – is on its way to bust open Apple's 2014 flagship phone. And, just as it's with the iPhone 5c, there's a dramatic narrative behind its security breaching efforts.

Leonardo Fabbretti is an Italian man and grieving father who wanted to access the iPhone photos, notes and messages of Dama, his adopted son, who passed away from bone cancer last September. In late March, Leo wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter, telling his story and asking for assistance. Apple staff tried to restore Dama’s data from iCloud, but found he had no back-ups, they offered their condolences and explained that they were unable to help. The cracking whizzes at cellebrite, however, felt like they are up to the challenge. They got in touch with Mr. Fabretti after his story broke headlines, and offered to try and hack Dama's iPhone 6 for free.

Leo met with Cellebrite last week at the company’s offices in northern Italy and told CNNMoney that the company is optimistic about the prospect. He said that the experts successfuly downloaded the iPhone's content but had more work to do in order to access the files. While Apple touted the iPhone 6 as more secure than the 5c, it has acknowledged that the device will never be "completely unhackable".

We'll see how cellebrite's efforts develop further down the road. It's not like the public's iPhones are in danger because of the developments happening at the Israelli security firm, but their tool falling in the wrong hands could prove extremely dangerous.

source: CNNMoney via Cult Of Mac

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29 Comments

1. FluffyBled unregistered

I do feel like the phones are quite secure despite these happenings, since hacking them remotely is extremely difficult, even more if you only download apps from "certified" stores who actually check them!

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meanwhile apple still wondering about how they do that.. lol maybe apple still busy cracking their own phones rightnow, since they need to find the security flaw ASAP..

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

4. Unordinary unregistered

Meanwhile fandroids getting their s**t hacked by PlayStore apps every week

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1214; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And the same happens on iOS

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Meanwhile iOS is the champion in vulnerabilities:http://www.cvedetails.com/product/15556/Apple-Iphone-Os.html?vendor_id=49 lololol

11. Unordinary unregistered

Babe I'll be home early tonight. Wash your stinky balls so we could have some fun :)

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well at least I still have them. Yours probably shrinked after seeing that link.

13. Unordinary unregistered

Didn't bother clicking on it babe. Oh how you never cease to make me laugh :) kisses :* :* :*

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Np, always here to help my groupie.

14. MrHate

Posts: 314; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Stupid Android monkeys believing that Android is more secure than. This is beyond sheep level. On Android where every second App wants all of your private information for nothing.

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep, fanboys are salty as usual.

17. Unordinary unregistered

Denial. Ouch. Lmao. Welcome to 2008, where you could change privacy settings for information every app wants lol. Oh wait, well almost welcome. Still have a bit to go. You're so silly babe ily :)

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"2008" Lololol Tell me groupie, in which year did iOS6 release?

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Android is more secure than iOS. Just liek Windows is more secure than OSX. In both cases platforms that are either open or more flexible, have to be more secure because they allow more flexibility. iOS since day one has proven to have more open holes than any mobile OS, even over Android. Last year Apple patched way more weaknesses vs Google. Also, even though rogue apps have been found in both Apple's Apple Store and Google's Play Store, and both parties have been working to remove them; no one in real life as far as I know has reported every getting hacked or compromised via their device. No one using Android has ever claimed it wasn't 100% secure. Unlike Apple fanboys who always try to claim iOS is MORE secure than Android when facts show it simply is not.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Do you have any idea what these numbers mean? These are patches that were covered by all the updates - these are revealed from analyzing apples and googles patches. All this means is Apple us patched more volnurabilities than google with android. For all we know there could be 1000's volnurabilities on android that Google hasn't patched yet. Once again, you dumbasses keep posting this link like little sheep following eachother - these are not current volnurabilities but this is what this company finds by taking appart an update from Apple or Google.

20. Unordinary unregistered

My babe is a silly troll. He smells like one too. Hard to sleep with him sometimes. Don't mind him

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Did you even give it a look? Check patches and vulnerabilities few more times and hopefully you will understand. "For all we know there could be 1000's volnurabilities on android that Google hasn't patched yet." No. Android has 6 times higher marketshare than iOS and its much faster to find security holes on Android than iOS. Hopefully I didnt cause anyone to have a seizure since fanboys are already starting to insult, roflcopter.

22. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1214; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's a good indication that iOS has more vulnerabilities than Android and that it keeps Apple busy patching them. Google pays good money to those who find vulnerabilities and is trying hard to make security better than on iOS. Over the past two years it's become more clear that iOS isn't exactly as safe and protected as Apple would have you believe.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

It's a good indication that Apple catches As much holes and patches them. Google catches a lot too, but you still don't know what holes manufacturers add with their skins and one thing that is actually clear is that only 4.5% actually has the latest security software. The rest are either 1 year (one third of users, another third of users are 2 years behind, or a whopping last third of users are still pre Kitkat. That's a good indication that most of android is not patched because it doesn't matter what Google patches on android, manufacturer skins will add their own holes and regardless of it all people are not getting their updates. But because you guys ignore common sense, I'll repeat - these numbers are for volnurabilities that these people find while analyzing updates seeded by Apple and Google. Now it all depends on who's better at finding volnurabilities and patching them up quickly. Enjoy your lollipop.

7. zeddd

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 02, 2016

nothing is unhackable

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's sad, if only he had backed it up, it'd be much easier.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

there's no excuse: 1. Backing up data is/should be #1 priority. Forget stability of the software, you can simply looks your device, get it stolen, or horribly damage it beyond recognition. 2. Everything on iPhone can be set up to back up automatically when you enter your house without wires. Even easier for photos and videos which can be set to back up to cloud the instant you take a photo and available instantly on any device as long as you know your iCloud password. 3. No excuse: if you don't know anything about iPhones there's a store nearby with people that can do it all for you, explain it, and do it again and again for free.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Still sad, the loss of life and the grieving for a loved one is what gets me.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The reason why no one iPhone is ever backed up, is because when you get a new phone and you are doing the steps to setup the phone, you aren't asked if you want to do automatic backups. Now to be fair, I can't speak for all Android phones. But I do know on Samsung phones you get not one, but TWO options for data backup which you are presented with during new phone setup. First, after you sign into your Google account, you are asked to set the device for auto-backups and to restore a backup from the cloud. Second, when you either create or login with your Samsung account, it also can backup "some" device data and it too can be set to do it automatically. Both do backup of tour contacts and messages if you so choose. Now on my iPad Mini which I have reset in quite some time, I recently reset and install iOS 9.3.1 and during setup, I do recall a mention of using iCloud. However I always skip this step because I prefer to only do manual backups, but I assume that if you set it up during device setup; it can be set for automatic backup. But since i always skip it, I am not sure. But the wife wants a larger iPad, so I will be picking up a 9.7" of the latest model @128GB

29. AlikMalix unregistered

There have always been prompts to use iCloud for backups. By default u also get reminders that your device "hasn't been backed up in ___ weeks". I see these with my older 5s which I use seldom. So don't tell me that iOS users aren't aware.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He just proved how much of a liar he is lol. I read his post, and was like damn...I can't believe he's posting that.

10. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I now stand for the hackers, just as long as they use their knowledge for justice and not just stealing people's bank accounts and some horrendous crimes

28. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

This article is supposed to focus on the good deed done by Cellebrite. Instead of vulnerability war which is unnecessary, why not channel the wasted energy on worthwhile venture? Applauding the generosity of Cellebrite will be a good start.

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