“On Monday, a much anticipated hearing in the case between Apple and the FBI over access to a dead terrorism suspect’s iPhone was canceled after the FBI claimed that an ‘outside party’ had surfaced with a potential method for bypassing the phone’s lock screen without Apple’s help,” Joshua Kopstein and Emanuel Maiberg report for Motherboard.
“On Wednesday, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that outside party as being Cellebrite, an Israeli phone forensics firm, attributing the information to ‘sources in the field/industry well acquainted with the subject,'” Kopstein and Maiberg report. “Haaretz reported that ‘While the Cellebrite executives would not comment on the San Bernardino case, they indicated they are confident that a completely hack-proof phone has not been invented yet and that they would eventually be able to unlock any existing system on their own.'”
Kopstein and Maiberg report, “Leeor Ben-Peretz, executive vice president of products and business development for mobile forensics at Cellebrite told Haaretz, ‘The level of complexity is exponential and it’s at a point that it’s getting difficult — but if anyone can do it, it’s us.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple should simply buy Cellebrite and other entities like it and task these newly acquired engineers with hardening iPhone to ridiculously hack-proof levels.