Israel phone hacking company, Cellebrite will not be selling its cell phone hacking tech to Russia and Belarus. Reports suggest the decision was taken after the technology was used by the local authorities to hack opposition forces and minorities in the countries.
Eitay Mack, a lawyer and human rights activist, along with 80 human rights activists revealed documents. These documents link Cellebrite cell phone hacking tech with the persecution of political actors and minority groups in Russia.
The group also consists of Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for the Anti-Corruption Foundation headed by Alexei Navalny, who was mentioned.
Eitay Mack was earlier successful in making the phone hacking company refuse to cooperate with the Chinese police after the suppression of protests in Hong Kong.
Yossi Karmil, CEO of the phone hacking company, about the ban said “helps law enforcement agencies and organizations to make our lives safer by providing solutions to legally obtain digital evidence in criminal investigations and civil proceedings.”
17 tenders from the Investigative Committee and the Forensic Committee of Belarus to purchase Cellebrite products which include the UFED system, license updates, technical support, and connecting cables were found. The first purchase of such cell phone hacking tech was done earlier in 2013 and later in May 2019.