Hackers Leaked the iOS Cracking Tools That FBI Paid For, Cellebrite Data Leak
Last year, the FBI and Apple got embroiled over iOS cracking tools during the center of an investigation when Apple refused to unlock an iPhone 5C. The legal battle over encryption of iPhone 5C was not going to budge, so as to further the investigation, FBI later on hired a firm known as Cellebrite to develop a tool to unlock the iPhone for them.
The iOS cracking tools managed to bypass iOS security and FBI carried further the investigation. However, the tool has not stayed under the wraps for very long. A Hacker managed to leak the iOS cracking tools that FBI paid for and it is out already in public.
Additionally, this hacker managed to get hands on a total of 900GB of Cellebrite Data. The data highlights that aside from older iPhones, Cellebrite had the tools to hack its way into Android and BlackBerry devices.
However, the tools which FBI paid for were only limited in making of iOS cracking tools, but, hacker has leaked the rest of Cellebrite Data which they worked on since long.
It is interesting to note here that tools that firm used to unlock newer iPhones based on newer iOS versions were not released to public. Only the older versions were leaked to public. Regardless, the hacker responsible for the leak did want to get across the message that once a backdoor tool exists; it will eventually make its way out.
The Apple VS FBI case came to a head last year when the FBI wanted Apple to write some new software that would allow the security features of iOS to be disabled, essentially creating a backdoor into the software. Apple was opposed to doing this as it understood that creating such a backdoor would leave iOS devices vulnerable.