Indian government may buy Cellebrite hacking solution

Israel-based Cellebrite, the company rumored to have sold the FBI a zero-day exploit for the iPhone 5c at the center of a terrorism investigation, is also rumored to be in talks with the Indian government to sell another exploit that may unlock “iPhones and other electronic devices with top-notch encryption,” according to The Economic Times‘s sources from within the Forensic Science Laboratory.

As part of the country’s law enforcement, the FSL may seek to serve as “a global hub for cases where law enforcement is unable to break into phones,” one anonymous official said. The technology could penetrate through the encryption layers of iOS 8 and above as well as Android devices. The FSL has consulted Cellebrite for exploits on a per-case basis, but it could be a month away from obtaining a complete tool to crack the codes.

The FBI reportedly paid millions of dollars to Cellebrite for a decryption tool to access information inside the iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the suspected perpetrators of a mass shooting in San Bernardino that killed 14 and injured dozens last December. The firm has sold products to and worked with multiple governments on investigations where content on a conventionally inaccessible phone is wanted.

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