Looking back at the San Bernardino terrorist attack that involved various legal battles between Apple and the US Department of Justice where there was an argument about device encryption and backdoor software access, recent reports state that police will no longer need Apple consent to get into an iPhone that is using iOS 11.
In the San Bernardino case of 2015, where 14 people died, the FBI that they need access to the phones for national security reasons but Apple refused to give their encryption keys because it would lead to less security for all of its consumers. The FBI did finally get access to the iPhone 5c because of software from Israeli company, Cellebrite, known for solutions to getting into iPhones. Now Cellebrite will offer services to its usual law enforcing clients to get into iPhones that use iOS 11 software or later including the iPhone X.
Cellebrite advertises it’s services by saying,
“These new capabilities enable forensic practitioners to retrieve the full file system to recover downloaded emails, third-party application data, geolocation data and system logs, without needing to jailbreak or root the device. This eliminates any risk in compromising data integrity and the forensic soundness of the process. This enables access to more and richer digital data for the investigative team.”
It should be noted that Cellebrite’s services extend to not only to Apple but also to Samsung phones as well as various other android phones.