Investigative Committee purchases Forensic MagiCube for hacking smartphones and reading messengers' users correspondence
The military department of the Investigative Committee bought one complex for 5 million rubles ($73.300) in July this year.
The Investigative Committee purchases Chinese complexes Forensic MagiCube, which hacks cell phones and computers. Relevant documents are published on the website of state procurement. The BBC Russian service drew attention to them.
The military department of the Investigative Committee bought one complex for 5 million rubles ($73.300) in July this year. The technical documentation for the tender states that MagiCube detects and decodes the archive of messages in Telegram, Skype, Viber and others messengers in moments.
MagiCube is able to hack Android OS and IOS and automatically extract "device owner IDs": name, email address, and phone number. Also, MagiCube gains data from social networks, in particular, Facebook and Twitter.
BBC assumes that it is about decoding the usual correspondence in Telegram, as it is believed that messages from the secret chat messenger cannot be deciphered by any special service or company in the world.
Forensic MagiCube is produced by Meiya Pico. The website reports that it occupies 45% of the market of forensic equipment in the country. The supplier of Forensic MagiCube in Russia is ExpertExpress.
The director general of Esther Solutions, Dmitry Saturchchenko, told the TV channel that earlier the ICR would rather buy Israeli and American technologies, but it chose other equipment out of sanctions. Saturchchenko noted that the company does not determine the policy of the ICR, but cooperates with the military-investigation department.
Earlier it was reported that the FSB, ICR and the Ministry of Internal Affairs had purchased special technical equipment for hacking smartphones from Israeli company Cellebrite.