Israel-based forensic company Cellebrite has announced a new version of its product that claims to hack Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads. Known as UFED Premium, this tool is an upgrade to an application known as Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED). It can unlock and extract data from Apple devices running recent versions of iOS, including 12.3. Furthermore, UFED Premium also claims to pull data from premium Android devices.
Boon for forensic investigators
Sarah Edwards, a forensic researcher at the SANS Institute told WIRED that the tool can be helpful in analyzing newer devices. “This will allow investigators access to newer and updated devices that they didn’t have access to before,” she told.
With 1.4 billion active iOS devices in the world, this tool can be misused if it falls into the hands of cybercriminals. Though such tools aid investigations for law enforcement agencies, they can increase attack risks and provide attackers a significant chance of hacking popular devices. An example of this is the well-known incident of Cellebrite’s tools being sold on eBay.