Israeli company helped FBI crack terrorist's iPhone

The Hill:
The Israeli mobile forensics firm Cellebrite helped the FBI hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, NBC reports, citing industry sources.

The firm has been rumored to be behind the FBI’s newfound ability to access the device, thanks to a previous and unconfirmed report from an Israeli newspaper.
Neither Cellebrite nor the Department of Justice has confirmed the reports.

The FBI has routinely contracted Cellebrite over the last five years. The company, which publicly boasts of its ability to hack into Apple devices, has received over $2 million in purchase orders from the agency since 2012.

The DOJ on Monday withdrew its case against Apple, telling a federal court it was able to unlock the device without the tech giant's help.

"The FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple required by this Court Order,” Justice Department spokeswoman Melanie Newman said in a statement.
Apple's conduct has still been deplorable.  The company should not act like it is above the law.  Did you ever watch the TV series "The Wire."?  It was about how police in Baltimore were able to crack a drug dealer's network by getting a court order to listen to their phone conversations.  Apple's attitude would facilitate the drug dealers of the world as well as the terrorists.


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