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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

Israel’s Cellebrite has developed a new tool called UFED it can open any iPhone or Android smartphone. Mark Gumpel, chief marketing officer at Cellebrite, said: “Access to and analysis of information from mobile devices is the cornerstone of any modern legal investigation. For many, the process of exporting data is  time consuming and very expensive. ”

“This new solution makes data acquisition and understanding of mobile devices easier and more cost-effective.”

According to Mirror, the device is called Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) and can access data for iPhone running on iOS 7 to iOS 12.3, including most iPhone devices.

UFED can also open a number of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S7 / S8 / S9 and Motorola, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi phones.

While it is still unclear how the tool works, Cellebrite claims that it can bypass locks and access third-party application data, chat conversations, e-mails, and even deleted content.

Cellebrite claims that law enforcement agencies can use the device, It remains unclear how much it will cost.

Unsurprisingly, the reaction to the gadget announcement was not entirely positive.

Many people went to the Twitter to express their anger for this new tool.

A user wrote: “This is not something we should be proud of.”  “Thank you for facilitating the government spying on us, a way to keep freedom going, and I really hope that those who work seriously will think about what they are contributing to.”

Read also: American television network ‘AMC’ leaks data of 1.6 million subscribers

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

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