Why Cellebrite Is Buying BlackBag Technologies For $33 Million

By Noah Long ● Jan 29, 2020
  • Cellebrite, a company that develops software that unlocks and extracts data from mobile devices, recently announced it is buying BlackBag for $33 million

Cellebrite, a company that develops software that unlocks and extracts data from mobile devices, announced it is buying California-based computing forensics firm BlackBag Technologies for $33 million. And this acquisition will expand Cellebrite’s portfolio of digital intelligence products.

The software developed by Cellebrite is used by businesses, law enforcement, and government agencies. And the company’s “all-in-one solution” will give customers a platform with access to all the aspects of a digital investigation. This includes offering coverage of digital data collection tools and sources like mobile devices and computers.

“The BlackBag Technologies team has built a remarkable business based on their passion to help law enforcement and corporations globally, by equipping officers and executives with the best of breed in Computer Forensics solutions,” said Yossi Carmil, Co-CEO of Cellebrite. “As the global leader in the field of integrated Digital Intelligence solutions, Cellebrite reinforces the two companies’ commitment to their customers and continues its strategy to further deepen and expand its capabilities in the field of Digital Intelligence to support the growing market needs.”

BlackBag Technologies CEO Ken Basore pointed out that the company is seeking to develop technologies to help its customers with their investigations. And Cellebrite’s all in one solution gives public and private businesses a unified platform with access to all aspects of a digital investigation generating critical insights.

“Our mission has been clear since the beginning: to develop and deliver innovative solutions that help the law enforcement, corporate and consultant communities reveal the truth in their investigations,” added Basore. “There is an incredible synergy between the mission and culture of these two companies. Being part of Cellebrite will unlock huge value to our customers, through our ability to innovate faster and to provide an expanded set of Digital Intelligence solutions and insights.”

Cellebrite was acquired by Sun Corp in 2007. And the company also received $110 million in funding from IGP Capital last year.