There’s a comparison between iOS and Android security, and most people think there’s no need to discuss it, but fort Worth Police Department detective Rex Kiser’s recent statement was thought-provoking: “A year ago, we couldn’t unlock the iPhone, but we had access to almost all Android devices. But now the reverse is true, some iPhone models can be easily broken, but more and more Android is impregnable. ”
One of Rex’s jobs is to provide digital forensics to the Fort Worth Police Department. Cellebrite is a popular software they use and is widely used to crack iPhones and Android phones. It helps investigators access DATA from GPS records, text messages, call logs, contacts, and other specific apps such as Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. These data can be used as evidence in court. This process is easy, especially when cracking iPhone encrypted content.
But when it comes to cracking the encryption of some of the most famous Android smartphones, the Cellebrite tool is so laborious that it can’t extract anything like social media, internet browsing, GPS data from smartphones like the Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2. When decrypting the Huawei P20 Pro, nothing can be extracted at all.
However, the report does not say that Android smartphones are uncracked, that to crack the encryption of the new Android smartphones, investigators generally need more resources and time, and the process becomes more laborious.