Your iPhone XS and Galaxy S9 is likely vulnerable to this new hacking tool
Israeli-based Cellebrite ,announced on an updated webpage and through a tweet where it claims it can unlock and extract data from all iOS device (iOS 12.3 and below) and “high-end Android” devices.
The tool is named the Universal Forensic Extraction Device and its latest iteration – UFED Premium – will be available to law enforcement for use in gaining access to locked devices.
On the webpage describing the capabilities of its Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) Physical Analyzer, Cellebrite said it can “determine locks and perform a full file- system extraction on any iOS device, or a physical extraction or full file system (File-Based Encryption) extraction on many high-end Android devices, to get much more data than what is possible through logical extractions and other conventional means.”
The iPhone Xr and Xs models (based on A12 SoC) are harder to break because the password recovery for it always runs at BFU speed .
In general, iOS devices are very well protected, while some Android devices provide an even better level of security.
To protect your smart phone, we recommends the following:
- Use at least a 6-digit passcode
- Make the passcode complex
- Enable USB restricted mode
- Know how to activate it (S.O.S.)
- Best of all, use an iPhone Xr or Xs model or newer
The key benefits of the tools iOS Data Extraction are listed as being able to determine passcodes & perform unlocks for all Apple devices, sophisticated algorithms to minimize unlock attempts and perform a forensically sound full file-system extraction.
Much the same is also listed for Android hacking benefits with the addition of extract unallocated data to maximize recovery of deleted items.
KNOX was the last phone hack to gain a significant amount of attention. This time it wasn’t a hacking tool being offered around but a security researcher uncovered a potential security flaw ripe for exploitation.
The hack exploited a security service on Samsung phones named Knox – Know was introduced many moons ago on the Galaxy S4. The hack would enable infiltrators to completely incapacitate any Samsung phone – usually described as bricking.