Apple makes it a point to stress safety and privacy characteristics with every product announcement. That specific thing occurred at Apple’s annual developer event just a few weeks earlier, where the corporation presented several fresh privacy-centric features that may not be replicated by other companies (because, you know, Android).
But the encryption of iPhone is just as good as your password. If you don’t use one, or if you can readily guess your password, it can be entered by anyone with physical access to your computer. Then there are firms out there that specialize in unlocking mobile devices regardless of how powerful the password is, businesses that worked during inquiries with law enforcement agencies to break phones.
One of them is Cellebrite, an Israeli company which claims to be able to break into any iPhone or iPad operating on Apple’s recent iOS launch, as well as Android high-end devices.
The firm announced its capabilities on Twitter in a somewhat unexpected move while implementing a brand fresh “exclusive” law enforcement agency alternative.
UFED Premium enables the company to obtain information from all iOS and Android high-end phones, said the firm. This implies that Cellebrite has uncovered a weak spot in the armor of Apple that will allow it to break any password and remove information from iOS devices.
Cellebrite doesn’t clarify how everything operates on their website, and this is likely an expensive finding. But if the company can unlock any iOS or Android phone, this implies that each operating system’s recent variants are vulnerable to attacks.
However, Cellebrite would need physical access to the mobile or tablet in question to unlock an iPhone or Android device. The product targets law enforcement agencies, specifically those that would have mobile devices locked in their property that they would need to check.
Both Apple and Google have already announced the next-gen versions of iOS and Android. That’s iOS 13, set for a mid-September launch, and Android 10 Q, which will be released about a month earlier.