Hackers exposed iOS cracking tools: FBI

Hacker has reportedly stolen and publicly released a cache of Cellebrite’s most sensitive data, including its tools used to hack into older iPhones, as well as Android and BlackBerry smartphones. Techniques that the firm uses to open “newer iPhones” were not included in the public posting, but it’s also not clear exactly which models of iPhone are considered “older.”

Recently leaked tools “demonstrate that those worries were justified.” According to the hacker in question who shared Cellebrite’s tools on Pastebin, the purpose behind the leak was to highlight the importance of the inevitability that any brute force tools aimed at bypassing encryption software “will make it out” into the public.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the time that creating this type of “backdoor” software would be “Terrible for public safety.

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