March 1, 2019

GREAT: The Feds’ Favorite iPhone Hacking Tool Is Selling On eBay For $100—And It’s Leaking Data.

Cellebrite isn’t happy about those secondhand sales. On Tuesday, two sources from the forensics industry passed Forbes a letter from Cellebrite warning customers about reselling its hugely popular hacking devices because they could be used to access individuals’ private data. Rather than return the UFEDs to Cellebrite so they can be properly decommissioned, it appears police or other individuals who’ve acquired the machines are flogging them and failing to properly wipe them. Cybersecurity researchers are now warning that valuable case data and powerful police hacking tools could have leaked as a result.

Am I reading this correctly, that police are reselling hacking tools for private gain?

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