Photo Credit: Asher Schwartz

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Technology experts reveal that an Israeli company could dramatically circumvent the legal conflict between the FBI and Apple by hacking the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.


Cellebrite, a multinational cellular forensic company headquartered in Petah Tikva, has a sole-source contract with the FBI and provides the intelligence service with the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), which can break into locked iPhones and Android devices.

The US government has for weeks been attempting to legally compel Apple to hack into the phone belonging to Farook who murdered fourteen people in San Bernardino, California with his wife in December. Apple has publicly refused and has insisted that breaking into the phone would compromise the security of all its devices.

After having long claimed that only Apple could access the phone’s information, the Justice Department abruptly reversed itself on Monday, March 24 and announced that it may no longer need Apple’s cooperation since “an outside party had demonstrated a way for the FBI to possibly unlock the phone,” the New York Times reported.

While it now appears that Cellebrite is the party behind the game-changing hacking technology, the company did not respond to phone calls and emails requesting comment.

The about-face drew criticism from NSA-leaker Edward Snowden who said that it demonstrated that the FBI’s earlier testimony was “perjury.”



  1. Scott,

    Don't mind Sean Bryan's comments. This is the same type of person (Sean) who screams murder when America sends money to Israel for its defence.

    He is completely ignorant of the great deal the American government gets in return. So I say, "let him bark" and enjoy Purim instead.


  2. Wow, way to double crosse Apple. There was an article in Ynet, that I read saying that the company was going to start a branch in Israel where they would make chips, among other things, for some Apple products. This would be so Apple does not have to depend on outside sources. Now, we read this article. They are clearly working with the FBI, against Apple. Maybe the company should find some place else to make their software chips. In this case, Israel is not a friend.

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