It appears that law enforcement agencies can breakthrough into any iPhone Model up to iOS 11 as the Israel firm Cellebrite claimed that it’s engineer’s have the ability to unlock any iPhone including the most recent iPhone X.
Time to remember the famous case where the FBI asked Apple for help to unlock the shooter’s iPhone, which was locked and encrypted. But Apple refused to help unlock the phone, arguing the device’s encryption could not be defeated.
Cellebrite the Israel-based firm who remains the company of choice for U.S. government to unlock the mobile phones for forensic analysis.
The firm hasn’t made any public announcement about its ability in breaking the Apple iOS devices and operating systems, including iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPod touch, running iOS 5 to iOS 11.
An anonymous source told Forbes that Cellebrite could unlock the iPhone 8. He also believed the same was most probably true for the iPhone X, as security across both of Apple’s newest devices worked in much the same way.
In its labs, the company then uses whatever secret exploits it has to crack the lock and either hand it back to investigators so they can take data from the device, or Cellebrite can do that for them. As Forbes previously detailed, this can be relatively inexpensive, costing as little as $1,500 per unlock.
The ability to break down any iPhone gives a significant moment to law enforcement agencies around the world. iPhone consists of some significant vulnerabilities, a Women in China was able to unlock iPhone X through her friend facial recognition ID without using any 3D print hardware and face mask.
Also, the text bomb attack that a Single Text Character Can Crash any Apple iPhone, Mac or iPad which made a big news last week.