PETACH TIKVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cellebrite, the leading developer and provider of mobile forensic solutions, today introduced support for iPhone 5, iOS 6, Android 4.1, and BlackBerry via its latest software update. The update comes following Apple’s September announcement of a record-breaking 5 million iPhone 5 sales worldwide, and as the “Jelly Bean” Android OS is pushed to many of the most popular Samsung Galaxy and Motorola Droid models. Together with new decoding capabilities for deleted BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) messages and group chats, the update makes Cellebrite the only vendor in the mobile forensics industry to provide full extraction support for the three major smartphone operating systems.
“Sales of so many iPhones, and new shipments of Android devices with the 4.1 OS, increase the likelihood that investigators will encounter these devices,” said Cindy Murphy, a detective with the Madison (WI) Police Department. “Many labs also still see a lot of BlackBerry devices. The prevalence of these next generation smartphones, with their rich variety of data, means that mobile forensics tools must be able to recover everything that can have evidentiary value in our investigations. Cellebrite’s latest release gives us that capability—and supports the most forensically sound process, so that we can make better cases no matter how criminals use smartphone technology.”
Select forensic support for iPhone 5; full physical extraction of iOS 6 Data
The iPhone 5 is built for LTE networks’ higher speed and capacity. This will make it easier for offenders to record and share evidence of their wrongdoing. Meanwhile, on October 13, TechCrunch reported iOS 6 adoption at between 50 and 60 percent, following Apple’s September 24 announcement that iOS 6 had been installed on more than 100 million of its devices.
Cellebrite now supports full physical extraction from certain devices running iOS 6, and file system and logical extractions—the acquisition of existing and some deleted data—from all devices with iOS6, including iPhone 5 devices. Physical extraction includes simple passcode recovery and complex passcode bypass on certain devices.
Sole physical Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” support
Samsung has announced that it’s pushing “Jelly Bean” Android 4.1 OS to all Galaxy SIII devices, and in the future to other Galaxy devices including the Nexus, SII, Note, Tab and more. Some Motorola Droid Razr and HTC One models will also receive the new update.
Cellebrite’s release enables the extraction of all hidden and deleted data from devices running the Jelly Bean OS, as well as the bypass of pattern, PIN, or passcode locks on supported Android devices.
Extended decoding for BlackBerry Messenger: group chats and deleted messages
Cellebrite is the only mobile forensics vendor to offer a complete image of BlackBerry NAND memory from devices running OS 4, 5, 6 and 7. This release adds to that distinction with two new capabilities: the decoding of deleted BBM messages and BBM group chats, which can be crucial to establishing how suspects and/or victims knew and communicated with one another. Organized criminals in particular have relied on encrypted BBM communications to “hide” their activities from police.
“These technological advances affirm our commitment to deliver the most thorough data extraction capabilities for the newest, most popular, and widest range of mobile devices to our mobile forensics customers,” said Cellebrite Co-CEO Ron Serber. “They enable investigators to continue to be more flexible and responsive when investigating all different types of crimes. This responsiveness makes the legal process that much more efficient.”
The new capabilities are available immediately.
Cellebrite’s UFED provides cutting-edge solutions for physical, logical and file system extraction of data and passwords from thousands of legacy and feature phones, smartphones , portable GPS devices, and tablets with ground-breaking physical extraction capabilities for the world’s most popular platforms – BlackBerry®, iOS, Android, Nokia, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Palm and more.
The extraction of vital evidentiary data includes call logs, phonebook, text messages (SMS), pictures, videos, audio files, ESN IMEI, ICCID and IMSI information and more.
Founded in 1999, Cellebrite is a global company known for its technological breakthroughs in the cellular industry. A world leader and authority in mobile data technology, Cellebrite established its mobile forensics division in 2007, with the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED). Cellebrite’s range of mobile forensic products, UFED Series, enable the bit-for-bit extraction and in-depth decoding and analysis of data from thousands of mobile devices, including feature phones, smartphones, portable GPS devices, tablets and phones manufactured with Chinese chipsets.
Cellebrite’s UFED Series is the prime choice of forensic specialists in law enforcement, military, intelligence, corporate security and eDiscovery agencies in more than 60 countries.
Cellebrite is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sun Corporation, a listed Japanese company (6736/JQ).
BlackBerry® is a registered trademark of Research in Motion (RIM) Corp. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. iPhone® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the United States and other countries.