iPhone hack turns mobile forensics firm into the biggest name in cybersecurity

FBI finally hacks into San Bernardino shooter's iPhone using Cellebrite's UFED Touch device.

It took one day for Cellebrite, an Israeli mobile forensics firm to go from relative obscurity to becoming arguably the biggest name in cybersecurity.

Two days ago the world wondered if the San Bernardino iPhone would ever be unlocked by the FBI. Then yesterday news broke that the FBI successfully hacked into deceased terrorist Syed Farook's iPhone with technology supplied by Cellebrite.

The FBI used a device called the UFED Touch -- which is manufactured by Cellebrite -- to successfully unlock the world's most famous iPhone and read its contents.

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Cellebrite can celebrate a huge PR coup. Its name is now inextricably linked to the FBI vs. Apple encryption saga, and they look like an unsung hero -- with no news or mention of the iPhone hack on the homepage or news section of their website (at least not yet).

While Cellebrite may be an overnight sensation, it is hardly a flash in the pan. The firm was started up in 1999 and acquired by publicly held Sun Corp. out of Japan in 2007. With more than 500 employees and offices in the U.S., Asia-Pac, Europe, and Latin America, Cellebrite has the size, scale, and backing to live up to its sudden popularity.

For the past decade Cellebrite has been developing and marketing a growing lineup of mobile forensics products and services to governments and military users, law enforcement agencies, and mobile carriers. They claim 200,000 units deployed.

The recent Cellebrite news has given its parent a huge shot in the arm. Sun Corp.'s stock has soared since it was reported that the FBI finally broke into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, according to a Fortune story.

Cybercrime is on the rise and the mobile forensics field is poised for huge growth. All eyes are on Cellebrite now.

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