The impact of Moxie Marlinspike’s reveal was not long in coming. Last week, the creator of Signal demonstrated the existence of critical flaws in Cellebrite’s smartphone data extractors. These flaws would make it possible to completely break the integrity of the extracted data, and therefore the basis of certain criminal proceedings. This aspect of things has not escaped the attorneys who are already beginning to use this new fact to undermine the indictments.
Thus, according to GizmodoMaryland attorney Ramon Rozas decided to rely on Moxie Marlinspike’s blog post to seek a new trial for his client.
“A new trial should be ordered so that the defense can review the Cellebrite device report in light of this new evidence, and examine the Cellebrite device itself.”, he explains in his request.
We will see if the judges will be receptive to this type of argument. If so, investigators and prosecutors are going to have a problem, as they increasingly rely on this technological tool.
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This mistrust does not appear only in the United States. In Israel, a human rights activist has called on authorities to stop all use of Cellebrite by law enforcement officials until the device’s reliability is analyzed.
Cellebrite, meanwhile, tries to put out the fire. According to Vice, the supplier has already released a patch to minimize the attack surface of the flaws in question, without publishing an official statement on this subject.
Sources : Gizmodo, Vice