India might soon be able to hack the iPhone and any other modern smartphone


The iPhone's security can only be described as legendary by now. Especially after the legal battle between the FBI and Apple in the beginning of this year, over unlocking a terrorist's device for the government. Both the FBI and the NSA were unsuccessful in hacking the iPhone in question for several months and it was the private Israeli company Cellebrite that came to law enforcement's rescue.

As far as we know, the privately-owned company is the only one with access to the hacking tech, which can unlock any modern smartphone. But this might be changing soon. According to The Economic Times, the Forensics Science Laboratory in India is negotiating with Cellebrite over the purchase of the same tool the company used to unlock the terrorist's iPhone.

“We are likely to have the technology within a month or so,” a senior FSL official told The Economic Times. “India will become a global hub for cases where law enforcement is unable to break into phones.”

The Indian government official also said that devices running iOS 8 or any later version of Apple's OS are impossible to hack into without this technology. Another FSL employee added that they have worked with Cellebrite before, but now they're looking to buy the “entire tool”.

If the deal goes through, only the forensics labs in Gandhinagar, Western India, will have access to the technology. Any other government agencies that need such services will have to pay a fee to FSL-Gandhinagar.

source: TheEconomicTimes via BGR

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18 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yeah right... A country where iOS has a market share of just 2.4% is buying technology to hack into iPhones... https://9to5mac.com/2016/08/04/apple-is-losing-india-iphone-shipments-down-35-yoy-to-just-800k-in-q2-android-over-97-of-the-market/ Exactly what the world's largest democracy needs... Who cares about hunger and clean water...? Real smart move... Bravo... Oh well... G'Day!

4. peace247 unregistered

we are neighbour of Pakistan though....biggg reason

8. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Pakistan isn't the reason. Keep drinking the Kool aid...

21. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Wth does that have to do with charging other governments to use this tool?

11. pankajxdx unregistered

The tech is not just for iPhone.

15. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

2. nadavcool543

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Viva Israel

3. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Can't Apple simply make adjustments to it's code? Or do they not know how the technology works that they used to break into the phones? (I'm a noob)

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I think it only works on older phones like 5c.

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Well kids, if you're planning on committing murder don't use an ios device, stick to blackberry or another ultra secure platform. Oh wait, there's nothing more secure than blackberry nvm. Or, the other option is, be a good citizen, love everyone and don't commit murder.

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Security is so legendary thats hacker could hack all ios device with pictures ( same as stagefright on android ) until its was patched like 1 month ago. Pathetic false sense of security.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Pathetic false sense of security." You mean like your green robot who gets hacked by hipsters every weekend. Android security is a joke......literally. The thought of something so open natured bring secure is an absolute contradiction. That's like saying "Honey, let's leave the front door wide open....." while simultaneously preaching controlled reliability. That's so laughable.......

22. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

you are laughable, if you dont own the system/device or understand how it works; your opinion wont matter. those stagefright issues are simply on users fault ; enabling the unknown sources. But hey at least Android users have the options to be vulnerable or not yet on iOS already ''walled' but still insecure... now that is false sense of security. And the fact that independent devs/ android community though rooted trying to fix the security holes. rooted yet secure.

20. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Wow..

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