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How a Japanese Pinball Maker Helped the FBI Crack the San Bernardino iPhone

  • Japanese parent company sees forensics business booming
  • Company looks to acquire other data extraction companies
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Japanese Company Tied to IPhone Hack Set for Terror Fight

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The hackers at Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd., the forensics unit of a little-known Japanese pinball company, are fast becoming the go-to guys when law enforcement needs to unlock smartphones. Its group chief has plans to keep the firm on the frontlines against terrorism.

In his first interview since Sun Corp. was thrust into the spotlight in the legal tussle between Apple Inc. and U.S. law enforcement over the hacking of an iPhone, Chief Executive Officer Masanori Yamaguchi says his company wants to expand its work countering tech-savvy terrorists. Yamaguchi says he’s willing to spend as much as 20 billion yen ($183 million) to acquire or merge with companies to expand its sought-after data extraction business.