Cellebrite, a digital forensics company known for helping law enforcement unlock the iPhone, is extending its reach to other platforms, according tomedia reports, and recently acquired rival BlackBag to bring forensics to PCs and Macs into its own business. Cellebrite made the announcement Tuesday local time. The deal, which is understood to be worth about $33m, will provide the Israeli company with a wider range of products and services.
Cellebrite is understood to be part of Japan’s Sun Group, whose acquisition of BlackBag was largely a $110million investment by IGP Capital in June. The acquisition is unlikely to be Cellebrite’s only, as the available funds will provide the company with the opportunity to further bolster its services and stake.
Cellebrite is best known for its mobile forensics tool, which unlocks smartphones and tablets like the iPhone, as well as some cloud services. In June, the company said it had the ability to hack into any iOS device and crack passwords and then make a full file system extraction. Its clients are primarily law enforcement agencies and other government agencies. Cellebrite is believed to have helped the FBI in the San Bernardino investigation in 2016, which allegedly received a $900,000 reward for helping hack the gunman’s iPhone.
Cellebrite focuses on mobile devices and cloud computing, while BlackBag focuses on computer forensics, including tools for quick searching for large amounts of data stored on servers. The acquisition of BlackBag will undoubtedly enhance Cellebrite’s ability to operate on more platforms.
Cellebrite said the acquisition would help them provide customers with a one-stop shop and meet all their digital survey needs.