Some Cellebrite Customers Revealed

March 11, 2022

This headline from Apple Insider should not be surprising, but it is bound to shock some individuals: “Most US Cabinet Departments Have Bought Cellebrite iPhone Hacking Tool.” The Intercept reported that fourteen out of the fifteen US Cabinet Departments purchased Cellebrite, technology designed to unlock Apple iOS.

Cellebrite is a common tool law enforcement, government agencies, military personnel and bad actors use to unlock iPhones. It is globally used. All of the major US Cabinet Departments, sans one, are not the only government entities that use Cellebrite:

“The Intercept claims that Federal purchasing records and Cellebrite securities documents seen by the publication, also show that several other federal agencies. Government buyers of Cellebrite include:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Social Security Administration
  • US Agency for International Development
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

In those securities filings, the Cellebrite company reported having over 2,800 government customers in North America.”

Cellebrite has other major clients, including six out of the ten largest oil refiners and six out of then largest pharmaceutical companies. Cellebrite is a tool used by those with money and power. The bigger question is if the so-called “good guys” are using it for good or if they use Cellebrite in the same manner as the bad actors.

Whitney Grace, March 11, 2022


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