Interpol’s partnership agreement with Cellebrite strengthens efforts to combat cyber crime

Interpol's Global Complex for Innovation, which is based in Singapore

Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation, which is based in Singapore

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.”

Yuval Ben-Moshe

Yuval Ben-Moshe

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).

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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