What’s in the Cellebrite kit to hack an iPhone?

What's in the Cellebrite kit to hack an iPhone?

Journalists were able to get their hands on the value proposition of the Israeli company which is causing controversy.

The scandal of the Pegasus affair (product of the NSO Group) is only the tip of an iceberg hiding many other spyware programs that are at least as efficient, if not more so. Among them, we can cite Grayshift in the United States or Cellebrite, the latter also being located in the country of the Mossad.

Founded in 1999, the company notably counts the FBI among its clients and has done so since at least 2009 (according to The Intercept ). But it would not be the only interested parties, since other sources also speak of the United Arab Emirates, Burma, Germany, Austria, Denmark or even France , the United Kingdom and from Norway.

At the price of a used car

Costing the dollar equivalent of tens of thousands of euros, Cellebrite’s Premium kit is said to have already won over no less than 2,800 “ government ” agencies . A term to be considered with some distance, given that it certainly concerns intelligence agencies but also biodiversity protection organizations, the CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States) or even the equivalent of our Ministry of Agriculture at Uncle Sam.

On the menu of the software: the possibility of hacking many of the most popular smartphones, with access to your most personal data: messages, photos , audio… To achieve its ends, the program in fact quite simply exploits security flaws that have not yet been fixed by Apple. And they are not uncommon, sometimes even concerning macOS .

The models concerned

Among the various products sold by Cellebrite, we find the Premium kit which offers:

  • a computer with pre-installed spyware
  • an adapter for Android devices
  • two adapters for iOS devices
  • a proprietary cable
  • other cables and a carrying bag

As for compatible and therefore vulnerable Apple mobiles, these are all those released between October 2011 and September 2019 with the exception of the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6S Plus, the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and Pro and Max editions. This information, however, has probably already been updated to suit Apple’s latest phones, but it’s hard to get recent data without being a direct Cellebrite customer.

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