Interpol and Cellebrite have signed an agreement which will see the mobile data technology specialist provide additional and continued support for Interpol’s global efforts aimed at fighting cyber criminality.
The agreement will see Cellebrite provide the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) with digital forensic equipment and training services across a three-year period.
The equipment, which includes the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) series of products, will be used in the Digital Forensics Laboratory at the IGCI as well as in the field to support member countries in collecting, protecting and acting on digital evidence.
Following the Interpol-co-ordinated ‘Operation Strikeback’ targeting online ‘sextortion’ networks in the Philippines during May 2014, Cellebrite’s UFED tool was supplied to the Philippine National Police for evidence recovery following the arrest of 58 individuals.
The Cellebrite technology will also be used in targeted training courses to support dedicated forensic personnel in incorporating digital data within investigations and legal procedures.
Commitment to digital forensics deployment
Yuval Ben-Moshe, Cellebrite’s vice-president of business development for forensics, told Risk UK: “This agreement further emphasises our commitment to digital forensics deployment on a global scale, while at the same time strengthening our ties with law enforcement communities worldwide.”
The IGCI’s executive director Noboru Nakatani said the agreement was part of Interpol’s ongoing commitment to working with organisations in the private sector.
“Today’s ever-expanding cyber threat landscape requires co-operation across all sectors,” urged Nakatani. “Our agreement with Cellebrite will help ensure that our member countries can benefit from the very latest digital forensic solutions when and where they’re needed.”
Founded back in 1999, Cellebrite is a global company known for its technological breakthroughs in the cellular industry. A leader and an authority in mobile data technology, Cellebrite established its mobile forensics division in 2007 with the aforementioned Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED).
Cellebrite’s solutions give access to (and unlock) the intelligence of mobile data sources to extend investigative capabilities, accelerate investigations, unify investigative teams and produce solid evidence.
The company’s range of mobile forensic products, designated the UFED Series, enables the bit-for-bit extraction and in-depth decoding and analysis of data from thousands of mobile devices, including smart phones, portable GPS devices, tablets and those phones manufactured with Chinese chipsets.
In addition to mobile device data, UFED Cloud Analyser provides extraction, preservation and analysis of private data residing in cloud environments such as social media accounts.
Cellebrite is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Sun Corporation, which is a listed Japanese company (6736/JQ).