FBI ‘working with Israeli forensics firm’ to crack San Bernardino iPhone

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016
The aftermath of the shootings (Picture: David Bauman / The Orange County Register via Zuma Press)

The aftermath of the shootings (Picture: David Bauman / The Orange County Register via Zuma Press)

An Israeli company is reportedly helping the FBI to hack the phone of a terrorist who carried out a mass shooting in California last year.

Terrorist couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 and injured 22 in the attack on a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party in December.

The FBI was engaged in a legal battle with Apple to get the technology company to unlock the mobile used by one of the shooters, but proceedings were suspended after US prosecutors revealed on Monday that a “third party” had offered assistance.

According to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Israeli mobile forensics software firm Cellebrite is the third party.

A spokesman for Cellebrite confirmed that the company “works with the FBI in general”, but said he was not able to comment on this case.

Last updated: 4:40pm, March 24 2016