You may have heard about the Cellebrite cell phone extraction device (UFED) in the news lately.
It gives law enforcement officials the ability to access all the information on your cell phone within a few short
minutes. When it became known that Michigan State Police had been using the tool to access cell phones during
traffic stops, it raised concern with the ACLU.
Now, everyone is wondering if police will be using devices like this elsewhere. Will this new law enforcement
tool be abused, or will it be used responsibly in the pursuit of justice?
Translogic obtained a law-enforcement-grade software extraction tool for the iPhone to see exactly what
data is up for grabs. You'd be surprised to see just how much data today's smartphones can store -- and police
The Cellebrite UFED Forensic System is the ultimate standalone mobile forensic device, ready for use out in the
field or in the lab. The UFED system extracts vital information from 95% of all cellular phones on the market
today, including smartphones and PDA devices (Palm OS, Microsoft, Blackberry, Symbian, iPhone, and Google
Android). Simple to use even in the field with no PC required, the UFED can easily store hundreds of phonebooks
and content items onto an SD card or USB flash drive.
UFED supports all known cellular device interfaces, including serial, USB, infrared, and Bluetooth. Extractions
can then be brought back to the forensic lab for review and verification using the reporting/analysis tool.
Cellebrite works exclusively with most major carriers worldwide including Verizon Wireless, AT&T,
Sprint/Nextel, T-Mobile, Orange France and Telstra Australia, as well as 80 others. This ensures that future
devices are supported prior to retail launch.
The UFED allows you to extract a wide variety of data types including:
■SMS text messages
■Deleted text messages (SIM/USIM)
■Call history (Received, Dialed, Missed)
■Pictures and images
■Phone details (IMEI / ESN, phone number)
What it looks like
Mobile Phone and PDA Forensics: Cellebrite Releases UFED Physical Analyzer
Cellebrite, provider of mobile forensic solutions, announced the
release of UFED Physical Analyzer, Version 2.0, a comprehensive software package update for its market-leading
mobile forensic extraction device. With the latest iteration of UFED Physical Analyzer 2.0, law enforcement and
intelligence agencies will possess a more robust and powerful tool for analyzing mobile phone data used to arrest,
try and convict lawbreakers.
For years Cellebrite's UFED has served as the go-to mobile data extraction tool for officers
seeking to leverage information from mobile phones to catch and prosecute criminal on the local, state and
federal levels. New features in the latest release include:
- UFED Physical Analyzer - A completely revamped version of Cellebrite's industry leading parsing tool and
report generator, with vastly upgraded capability to analyze and pars iPhone and Blackberry devices.Instant
search function, improved application load times, plug-in support,and python scripting are just some of the
- UFED Phone Detective - A new application enabling examiners to instantly identify specific mobile phone
models, simply by inputting certain physical characteristics of the phone such as form, brand and other visual
elements, or by inputting the Type Allocation Code (TAC).
- Enhanced Device Support - UFED Physical Analyzer 2.0 adds support for more mobile devices than ever,
bringing the total number of profiles supported by the device to over 5900, including exclusive support for
Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson products. Historically challenging CDMA physical dump capability has been
expanded by astounding 200 devices.
- UFED Physical Analyzer 2.0 enables military, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies to easily extract
deleted data, passwords, contacts, text messages, call logs, emails, GPS locations, web history, calendar
entries and much more. New parsing capabilities such as iPhone Skype support, browser cookies, Wi-Fi and Cell
Tower locations and more make it the most advanced end to end solution available to the mobile forensic
"UFED Physical Analyzer 2.0 is the latest word in the mobile forensic industry" says
Ron Serber, co-CEO of Cellebrite. "With a redesigned software infrastructure, user interface and improved reporting
capabilities, it has improved power, versatility and ease of use - three of the most necessary factors for forensic
investigators. Cellebrite continues to set the industry standard in mobile forensics."