Cellebrite’s Response to WikiLeaks
PETAH TIKVA, Israel, December 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Cellebrite, the developer and manufacturer of world-leading mobile forensic solutions,
has rejected claims in the recent WikiLeaks “Spy Files” expose that it is among companies
that develop and supply equipment to governments and dictators “to spy on their citizens
via mobile devices and computers.”
The WikiLeaks page referring to Cellebrite states: “The Spy Files (open) thousands of
pages and other materials exposing the global mass surveillance industry.” (Our emphasis).
Cellebrite states: We absolutely refute the WikiLeaks “Spy Files” claims. Even a
cursory glance at our company material will make it quite clear that Cellebrite is not
involved in the surveillance or cyber-spying of citizens in any way whatsoever.
Cellebrite develops, manufactures and markets the Universal Forensic Extraction Device
(UFED), which empowers law enforcement authorities around the world to extract and gather
evidentiary data from mobiles devices, which will stand up under scrutiny in a court of
Yossi Carmil, Cellebrite’s Co-CEO added: “Cellebrite is proud of the role it plays in
fighting crime. We have been instrumental in helping solve cases of child abuse, drug
dealing, tax evasion, anti-terror activities and more. The UFED has been recognized as a
powerful tool to extract valuable information from a wide range of mobile devices,
suspected of being used in or facilitating the commission of a crime.”
While certain models within Cellebrite’s UFED family of products are designed to
extract evidentiary data such as contacts, messages, images, video, GPS fixes and more,
this can only be achieved if the device is already in the possession of the investigating
officer as part of the chain of evidence.
UFED cannot be used to observe and monitor the movement and activities of citizens -
criminal or not. Neither can it be used to “hijack” someone’s iPhone, implant viruses or
to “bug” phones and other mobile devices in use and still under control of their owners.
The world leader in mobile forensics, Cellebrite has more than 12,000 deployed UFED
Systems in use by military, law enforcement, governments and intelligence agencies in more
than 60 countries worldwide. UFED enables fast data extraction from more than 4,000
devices and in excess of 7,000 profiles covering smartphones, legacy phones and GPS
devices, and all major mobile OS, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows
Phone 7 and Palm.
Cellebrite is the leading provider of mobile forensic solutions and mobile data POS
services. Established in 1999 by experts in the telecommunications and mobile telephony
fields, its technical know-how, vast experience, and leadership in the two related markets
of mobile forensics and wireless carriers POS, Cellebrite is a global company with more
than 200 employees and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sun Corporation, a listed
Japanese company (6736/JQ).
For more information, please visit http://www.cellebrite.com