The New Normal; Jacob and the Beast, ‘Spies-R-Us’; Revealed: Israeli (Jacob) Firm Provided Phone-hacking Services to Saudi Arabia (Man by Satan). Cellebrite, which said that it serves police and security forces in 150 (5+5+5) countries.
A representative of Cellebrite, which states that it has complied with the rules, flew to Riyadh from London last November, and at the request of the Saudi prosecutor’s office hacked into a Samsung cellphone
Haaretz October 10, 2020
In November of last year, a representative of the Israeli firm Cellebrite landed at King Khaled International Airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The man, a foreign national whose identity is known to TheMarker, Haaretz’s sister publication, arrived on a commercial flight from London to hack into a phone in the possession of the Saudi Justice Ministry. The details of the visit were agreed upon before the hacker landed.
The staff at Cellebrite demanded of the Saudis that their employee be met at the Riyadh airport by a government representative. They insisted that he pass through passport control without his passport being stamped and without an inspection of the electronic equipment that he would have with him, which they demanded would not leave his possession and only which he would use.
From there, it was agreed in advance that the hacker would be immediately taken to an isolated hotel room, where the Saudis committed not to install cameras – and where the job of hacking and copying information from a mobile cellphone was carried out. When the work was completed, Cellebrite’s representative returned to the airport and flew back to London.
Cellebrite is not the only Israeli company to provide hacking or other cybersecurity services to the Saudi kingdom, but it is apparently the only one that does so without any oversight from the Israeli Defense Ministry.
It was recently disclosed that Cellebrite has not been registered as a security-related exporter, as the law requires, due to what they claim is the non-defense nature of their phone-hacking hardware. As a result, the Israeli firm and its gear is not subject to the supervision of the Defense Ministry’s Defense Export Control Agency – due to what has been described by critics as a failing on the company’s part, and possibly of the Defense Ministry as well.
Cellebrite, which said that it serves police and security forces in 150 countries, has been classified up to now as an exporter of dual-use civilian services under the supervision of the Economy Ministry. In August, following allegations regarding services that it provided to the Hong Kong police as part of its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the Economy Ministry said it was not responsible for overseeing any services that the company provides to police forces – shifting responsibility for that to the Defense Ministry. For its part, the Defense Ministry refuses to comment on the question of why Cellebrite has not been required to register as a defense exporter.
In a response for this article, Celebrite said that it provides its technology “to authorized agencies only” and applies “a range of tools dictating the manner in which they can be used.”
Cellebrite developed the UFED extraction system, which can serve civilian needs such as backing up software on smartphones, but can also be used for military and homeland security-related needs, such as investigations. The company’s technology not only makes it possible to hack into smartphones and to copy all of the information on them – including correspondence, location histories, sound files, videos and pictures. It also can reconstruct information that has been deleted from a device.
Unlike the technology of several other Israeli companies that have also worked in Saudi Arabia, this doesn’t involve remote hacking. It’s used to extract information from devices that are in its clients’ physical possession.
In the case that TheMarker learned of, a Samsung S10 phone was hacked at the request of the general prosecutor’s office in Riyadh. TheMarker does not know who owned the phone, and it is doubtful that Cellebrite knew either. As far as is known, Cellebrite did not delve into who was the original owner of the phone, but it did condition its service on a Saudi commitment that the possession of the phone and hacking into it were legal, at least according to Saudi law.
However, when Cellebrite provided its service, the nature of the regime of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who in large measure in recent years has decided what Saudi law is and how it is enforced, was already a well-known fact, raising questions about the practice.
The U.S. administration under President Donald Trump and his allies, including Israel, have done much to deflect the questions raised by the persecution, arrests and sometimes even evidence of the torture of opponents of Prince Mohammed’s regime. At the end of 2018, following the assassination in Turkey of Jamal Khashoggi, an opponent of the regime, defending Riyadh became harder.
As was known at the time that Cellebrite supplied its service to the Saudis, a group of about 15 people who were loyal to the crown prince killed Khashoggi, a Saudi national living in exile, and dismembered his body. His body was then disposed of in an operation carried out at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Following the affair, the spotlight was directed at another offensive firm operation originating in Israel. A close associate of Khashoggi’s and the Toronto-based Citizens Lab claimed that the associate’s cellphone had been hacked and pointed an accusing finger at the Israeli firm NSO, which provided remote cellphone hacking services to Crown Prince Mohammed’s regime. NSO denied allegations of its involvement in the assassination but continued to provide the service to the Saudis.
In October 2019, about a year after Khashoggi was killed and while Cellebrite was in contacts with the Saudis about the hacking operation, the details of which are being reported here for the first time, the Israeli Ynet news website published an interview with Cellebrite’s CEO, Yossi Carmil.
When Carmil was asked about the ethical differences between the services provided by NSO and Cellebrite, he expressed outrage at the comparison, saying that his worked in the law-enforcement sector, “which is very limited in its authority, unlike the world of the clients of NSO and others, where illegal things as well as covert things are done. Cellebrite is entirely in the good zone, with judicial orders. We don’t create hacking devices for private entities or espionage agencies.”
From the FBI to Lukashenko
Cellebrite was established in 1999. Early on, it focused on backing up and synchronizing data between phones. In 2007, it was sold to Sun Corporation of Japan for $17 million. It has maintained its Israeli operation, based in its offices in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, where it employs a staff of several hundred. In the period when it was sold to the Japanese firm, Cellebrite began focusing on the field known as mobile forensics.
As long as it marketed its products to responsible customers, they were also used for proper purposes, such as solving crimes and counter-terrorism. In 2016, the company attracted worldwide attention after it helped the FBI in the United States hack into the iPhone of the terrorist who shot up the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people.
The hacking operation, for which the FBI reportedly paid $900,000, spared the law enforcement agency the need to continue pursuing highly publicized legal proceedings that sought to force the iPhone’s manufacturer, Apple, to give the FBI access to the data on the device.
Recently, Haaretz reported that Cellebrite had marketed its services to two regimes that have faced political protests and have violently attempted to suppress them – Belarus and Hong Kong. In Belarus, the country’s dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, has been dealing with mass demonstrations over claims of election fraud in last month’s election and demands for regime change. Thousands of activists, including protest leaders, have been arrested in the authorities’ attempts to halt the demonstrations. Some of the leadership has been forced to leave the country.
In the case of Hong Kong, as part China’s exertion of greater control over the territory, which has included the trampling of freedom of political expression, a security law was enacted which in part defines basic protest activities as terrorism.
Cellebrite supplied services to the Hong Kong police before that, but the company’s technology has continued to serve the police force even when it confiscated the phones of thousands of detained protesters. Some of the phones were hacked using Cellebrite’s technology, including the phone of one protest leader, Joshua Wong, as is reflected in documents attached to a court petition recently filed in Israel by attorney Eitay Mack.
In August, Mack approached the Foreign Trade Administration at the Economy Ministry, which oversees Cellebrite’s operations, seeking to halt the export to Hong Kong. The director of the Foreign Trade Administration, Ohad Cohen, issued a surprising response that revealed that the “civilian” company’s operations were not subject to oversight.
“The exported goods are destined for an end user that is a police force or security force, and therefore by law, the authority to monitor these goods is that of the Defense Ministry,” he replied. On the other hand, neither the company nor the Defense Ministry have even tried claiming that the company is subject to any such oversight.
Mack and about 60 Israeli human rights activists filed an administrative petition in Tel Aviv District Court seeking to get the Defense Ministry to begin supervising Cellebrite and ordering the company to refrain from providing service to the Hong Kong government.
In its response for this article, Cellebrite said that it develops technology that “assists law enforcement agencies to collect digital evidence and expedite complex investigations in accordance with the law.”
“Our technology serves 154 countries and has made convictions possible in more than 5 million cases of serious crime, such as murder, rape, human trafficking and pedophilia. We do not provide information about our clients and their activities. We provide our solutions to authorized agencies only and apply a range of tools dictating the manner in which they can be used. In addition, we work subject to clear policy and accepted international rules to prevent a business relationship with agencies subject to international restrictions.”
The Defense Ministry said in response that “it does not reveal information regarding defense export policy and does not comment on specific licenses or specific cases of those registered as exporters, due to defense, diplomatic and strategic considerations.
Night Watchman Note; We are to ‘be watchful’ in helping to understand today’s events as related to biblical prophecy. That is what ‘watchmen or women’ do. Jesus made clear that when He actually does come for His disciples, His wise and faithful servants would be aware of the time because they would be watching. They would know the season of the times by WATCHING those things ‘coming to pass or occurring’ as Jesus said they would. The ‘BENCHMARK SIGN(s)’ always point towards Israel / Jacob. God’s prophetic timepiece. The FALSE PEACE COVENANT confirmed by the Prince/Beast among MENA (the many) is the ‘key sign’ of the times or the season of the times. Yes, we are in that period. The Prince/Beast will likely confirm and enhance the current ‘normalization’ agreement with Jacob to be a ‘peace’ agreement, to be extended to 7 years from the current 5 years, to include some agreement permitting the rebuilding of the third temple in exchange for ‘some portion of Jerusalem.’ The current ‘investment’ period for the Palestinians stands at five (5) years. This will likely occur AFTER the Bride, Disciples or True Church is removed from the earth via the Rapture / Harpazo / Redemption / ‘Twinkling’.
Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.