Signal’s hack of surveillance tech used by police could undermine Australian criminal cases

Criminal lawyers could soon begin challenging a tool Australian police routinely rely on to extract messages, photos and other information from mobile phones for investigations after the discovery of security flaws that meant data could be falsified. Last week Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of encrypted messaging app Signal, published a blog post outlining a series of vulnerabilities in Israeli company Cellebrite’s surveillance devices. Marlinspike said the weaknesses make it easy for anyone to plant code on a phone that would take over Cellebrite’s hardware if it was used to scan…

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