Who hacked Syed Farook's iPhone for the FBI?
All signs point to an Israeli firm called Cellebrite. The mobile forensics company does big business creating tools that outsmart smartphones. Their customers are primarily law-enforcement agencies from around the world.
The video below from Cellebrite's website demonstrates a product called UFED, or Universal Forensic Extraction Device. In a matter of minutes, passwords, location history, texts and call logs are easily extracted from an iPhone 4s.
While Farook's iPhone 5c is believed to have more complex encryption, most experts agree that Cellebrite capabilities are far beyond what they'll admit publicly.
It started as a game
An interesting side note to this story is that Cellebrite's parent company is a Japanese video game maker, Sun Corp. began making pinball machines in the 1970s. Today, their biggest sellers are iPhone gaming apps for playing Pachinko and Mahjong.
Sun acquired Cellebrite in 2007 to support their fledgling telecommunications division. It was a lucky accident that Cellebrite later discovered the secrets for unlocking our mobile devices. When news broke last week that the FBI had found a third party to hack the terrorist's phone, Sun Corp.'s stock skyrocketed on the Tokyo Exchange.