2018 saw Cellebrite deliver several first-to-market capabilities that kept the digital forensics community one step ahead of tech-savvy criminals.

Here are the top 4 innovations that made the biggest impact on digital evidence access, extraction and analysis this year:

January 2018: Cellebrite Physical Analyzer 7.0 – Launch of the premium language translation package

The end of the Cold War in the late ’90s heralded the era of globalization. The success of the new trade, travel and communication channels, however, has inadvertently paved the way for criminal organizations to seamlessly operate on a global scale.

Today, criminals not only benefit from a worldwide reach, but also a foothold in the “wild west” of mobile technologies, social media, and the world wide web. The need to examine a spectrum of multi-lingual digital evidence has become essential for building a comprehensive picture of crimes such as terrorism, drug trafficking, and homicide.

To meet this urgent lingual challenge, Cellebrite partnered with SDL, a global leader, and innovator in language and content management services, to deliver a high-end quality translation offering that supports 70+ languages.

This new automatic translation offering empowers investigators and examiners, using the Cellebrite Physical Analyzer, to quickly analyze textual content in emails, text messages, and chats, which significantly reduces the time and cost associated with a translator.

Additionally, the offline translation solution delivers the ability to translate selected content on-demand while retaining the source language for viewing and reporting.  

February 2018: Cellebrite UFED  7.1 – EDL – Decrypting boot loader physical extraction

Qualcomm retained its market share leadership this year in standalone and integrated smartphone applications processor units with a 45% revenue share. To better serve customers dealing with more Qualcomm chipsets, Cellebrite introduced the ground-breaking solution for EDL (Emergency Download Mode) physical extraction with decrypted physical support for 41 Qualcomm Android devices*.

Digital forensic examiners who need to gain lawful access faster and collect data from popular Qualcomm-based Android devices can now view an in-depth how-to webinar dedicated to just that.

Watch the webinar “Access Digital Evidence Faster Using Emergency Download (EDL) Mode” brought to you by the Cellebrite Security Research Labs, to discover how this unique capability works.

*Additional supported devices include; LG, ZTE, Xiaomi, Huawei, Alcatel, and Motorola, as well as Generic Qualcomm support for supported chipsets. Devices include Huawei H1611, Xiaomi Mi 5, ZTE Z832 Sonata 3, and ZTE Z981 ZMax Pro.

May 2018: Cellebrite UFED  7.5 – Smart ADB – Access hundreds of Android devices with a new physical extraction method

Cellebrite was the first and only digital intelligence solutions vendor this year to introduce Smart ADB, a generic solution enabling forensically-sound decrypted data collection from thousands of unlocked Android devices. When no other data collection solution renders results, Smart ADB has shown an approximate 80% success rate among eligible Android devices and is constantly rolling out support for many more.

Smart ADB currently supports 147 tested and approved device models. However, the Generic Android profile version of Smart ADB is expected to work on a wide variety of devices from different vendors, currently excluding Samsung devices. Smart ADB is not limited to any current Security Patch Level.

October 2018: Celebrite Physical Analyzer 7.10 – Virtual Analyzer – First and only in the industry: Display forensically sound digital evidence from +3m Android apps.

Up until now, digital investigators and examiners struggled to communicate certain collected digital evidence to colleagues, prosecutors, and judges, as the output was not presented in its original format.

With the release of the Virtual Analyzer feature, Cellebrite enables users to view an unprecedented number of Android applications in their native form. The application decrypts, accesses, and decodes information, and presents it to the user on demand. Users can create powerful visual reports to effectively interrogate suspects, share findings with peers, and present evidence.

View the video introduction to the Virtual Analyzer (below), an industry-unique emulator that displays forensically sound digital evidence from +3M Android apps. This new capability enables you to view mobile device data in its original application form to allow for easier comprehension and sharing of findings with peers and juries using powerful visual reports.


Watch the webinar, “Access ‘Inaccessible’ Apps with the Cellebrite SQLite Wizard & New Virtual Analyzer”, to gain the practical skills that will extend the reach of your search for relevant digital evidence to close your cases faster.

We look forward to continuing to support and partner with law enforcement by delivering more innovative features that empower the digital intelligence community to build a safer world in 2019. Stay tuned!

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