Elcomsoft, a Russian firm known for its "password cracking" savvy, is out with new software that helps iPhone users determine the password used to encrypt backed-up iPhone data. Featuring the company’s GPU acceleration technology, Elcomsoft's "Password Breaker" enables "forensic access" to password-protected backups for iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen devices. According to Elcomsoft, this is the first comparable iPhone/iPod password recovery tool on the market.
The new tool recovers the original plain-text password that protects encrypted backups containing address books, call logs, SMS archives, calendars, camera snapshots, voice mail and email account settings, applications, Web browsing history and cache.
In terms of the legality of this software, the iPhone Password Breaker is, indeed, legal but only for people using it on their own iPhones or those for which they have permission to access. The basic "Home Edition" of the software runs $79 while the "Professional Edition" is a little more pricey at $199.
To read more about "Password Breaker" and its myriad attributes, check out the full software profile - or try the free trial version - from Elcomsoft.
Note: to use GPU acceleration with NVIDIA or ATI card(s), you should have the latest drivers installed. Please note, however, that ATI drivers are not perfect, and the latest version (Catalyst 10.4) may cause problems; it is recommended to use Catalyst 10.3.