Cellebrite is an Israeli based mobile synchronization company headquartered at Petah Tikva. While Cellebrite has two business divisions namely Cellebrite Wireless Carriers and Cellebrite Mobile Forensics, it is the latter that we are going to look at in this article.
Cellebrite Forensic Software is one of the products produced by the Cellebrite Company for the purposes of helping the police with legal investigation. Since its establishment in 2007, the military branches, local law enforcement, federal state, corporate security and investigations like the law firms have been the main beneficiaries.
What can the Cellebrite Forensic Software Do?
According to its manufacturer, the software has the ability to perform the following functions on mobile phones and other hand held devices:
l Can recover deleted data on mobile phones
l Decipher encrypted information
l Retrieve protected information on mobile phones
l Analyze phone book contacts
l Decrypt messages and other multimedia content
How does the software work?
To begin with, the software works in a device known as Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED). Mostly, this is a hand-held device but the holder has an option of having the software on his desktop, data cables and adapters amongst other possible peripherals. In addition to that, it has SIM reader.
Using the device is simple. When a police officer or any other authorized personnel connect the device to the mobile phone of the suspect, the device displays the following options:
l Extract Phone Data: as its name suggests, this option allows the officer to directly acquire information from the suspects mobile phone
l Extract SIM/USIM Data: this involves getting information from the suspect’s SIM card directly
l Clone SIM ID: this feature allows the officer to make a copy of the suspect’s SIM card for the purposes of analyzing the information on the phone without necessarily having to pick the incoming calls.
l Memory Dump Beta: this feature allows the officer to disable passwords or any other form of encryptions for the purposes of obtaining information.
l Services: this is mainly for the device’s software upgrade and other administrative tasks.
With the growth of technology, sometimes there is no need for the physical connection between the suspect’s mobile phone and the UFED. The officer can choose to make the connection using the Bluetooth, data analysis and passwords feature. This only requires Bluetooth connectivity and the officer can access all the services available in the UFED.
Is the Cellebrite Forensic Software a success?
According to its manufacturer, the software is a success. For instance, since it was established (2007), the software helped in forensics by extracting data for as many as 8200 devices. The devices includes smartphones, PDA devices, mobile phones and tablet computers amongst others.
Due to its achievement, UFED became the hardware tool of the year for four consecutive years.
Cellebrite forensic software is a software developed by the Cellebrite Company located in Israel for the purposes of helping with forensic investigations. Since its establishment, UFED has been a success and has helped get information from over 8200 devices as of 2012. The software can therefore be termed as a success as it continues to better with the growth in technology.