Cellebrite, the leading developer and provider of mobile forensic solutions, today announced an update to their software. The new update brings new decoding capabilities for deleted BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) messages and group chats.
“Sales of so many iPhones, and new shipments of Android devices with the 4.1 OS, increase the likelihood that investigators will encounter these devices,” said Cindy Murphy, a detective with the Madison (WI) Police Department. “Many labs also still see a lot of BlackBerry devices. The prevalence of these next generation smartphones, with their rich variety of data, means that mobile forensics tools must be able to recover everything that can have evidentiary value in our investigations. Cellebrite’s latest release gives us that capability—and supports the most forensically sound process, so that we can make better cases no matter how criminals use smartphone technology.”
Cellebrite is the only mobile forensics vendor to offer a complete image of BlackBerry NAND memory from devices running OS 4, 5, 6 and 7. This release adds to that distinction with two new capabilities: the decoding of deleted BBM messages and BBM group chats, which can be crucial to establishing how suspects and/or victims knew and communicated with one another. Organized criminals in particular have relied on encrypted BBM communications to “hide” their activities from police.
“These technological advances affirm our commitment to deliver the most thorough data extraction capabilities for the newest, most popular, and widest range of mobile devices to our mobile forensics customers,” said Cellebrite Co-CEO Ron Serber. “They enable investigators to continue to be more flexible and responsive when investigating all different types of crimes. This responsiveness makes the legal process that much more efficient.”
How do you feel about knowing that governments can utilize Cellebrite’s software to pull all personal, including BBM, data off your BlackBerry? Nothing seems to be completely erasable unless you throw your BlackBerry into a fire.