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  • Russian Company Releases iPhone Password Breaker


    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.
    The software, which also lets you read and decrypt keychain data (email account passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, and passwords you enter into websites and some other applications), is particularly useful in the new era of iOS. Prior to the release of iOS 4, the company reminds us, keychains remained encrypted with a device-specific hardware key, but with the release of Apple iOS4, "the keychains are stored encrypted only with backup’s master password." Additionally, Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker does not use Apple iTunes. According to the manufacturer, all password recovery operations are performed offline.

    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.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Russian Company Releases iPhone Password Breaker started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. brutaltactics's Avatar
      brutaltactics -
      you can always smash your phone and then hide the remains or something
    1. dark_stranger's Avatar
      dark_stranger -
      those pesky ruskis
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by topless1967stang View Post
      I bet most buyers will be people wanting to spy on their spouse or kids.
      If you have to spy on your spouse you really should consider a divorce.

      If you have to spy on your kids then you are a failure as a parent.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Jonathan Zdziarski figured out three years ago how to read everything off and iPhone, even after being wiped, that he wanted. Accessing everything on an iPhone, with or without a password, is old hat. All this is is a home version, this isn't new and groundbreaking.
      Not entirely true if done properly. A proper wipe 1. wipes the data, 2. fills up the spaces with more garbage data in order to prevent clusters of potentially damaging information from forming by overwriting the data, 3. repeate steps 1 and 2 multiple times.

      This isn't 100% guaranteed but someone won't just be able to "read everything off an iPhone even after being wiped." It will require lots of work if even possible to reconstruct everything. That is, if the data you're looking for is still there and hasn't been overwritten already.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      So answer me this. Since the "unlock" code, which is only for your iphone, is "known" by your iphone, would the "factory unlock" code be stored on the iphone, and possibly be recoverable with this new russky software?
      If I buy the home edition, can I find out my unlock code, and thereby factory unlock my iphone? Sure beats the heck out of brute force unlocking, or is this what this is?
      If the password for factory unlocking is stored on the phone, i should be able to find it. right?
      I realize i am opening a new can of worms, but is finding a password on my legally purchased phone so i can use it as the U.S. Government has approved (unlocked) illegal?
      I think not!
      just good luck finding the dang thing, right?
      unklbyl
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It's not a code stored on your phone. It's a code generated by unique device ID's of your phone and a key held on Apple's servers. And no, it can't be cracked.
    1. dark_stranger's Avatar
      dark_stranger -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      If you have to spy on your kids then you are a failure as a parent.
      If you say that, you clearly dont have young teenage kids
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I assure you I do. But they are both perfect.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      if it is for personal use... why would you need it? you don't know YOUR OWN password?? and if you want it to see someone else's info, first you need to get into their computers and get the file from it. I personally think it's useless
      What happens if you lose all your memory in a bowling accident?
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      ...If you have to spy on your kids then you are a failure as a parent.
      Nadda. U're being a smart parent. Keeping a close eye on the kids IS part of being a good parent.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      I don't have kids so maybe I'm not qualified to say this BUT you need to keep an eye on your kids. The reason is, they are kids, thus they are not mature enough to make adult decisions that could potentially put them in harms way or get them in legal trouble. Simple as that.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      What happens if you lose all your memory in a bowling accident?
      What happens if you lose all your memory in a bowling accident?

      If you crack your coconut on your balls and forget everything, you probly will not need a phone for a while!!!!!
      can i get a thanks for making you laugh?
      unklbyl
    1. dark_stranger's Avatar
      dark_stranger -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I assure you I do. But they are both perfect.
      of course they are want to swap?
    1. rajsukul's Avatar
      rajsukul -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      if it is for personal use... why would you need it? you don't know YOUR OWN password?? and if you want it to see someone else's info, first you need to get into their computers and get the file from it. I personally think it's useless
      If you've forgotten your password
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      interesting....
    1. jesterthejedi's Avatar
      jesterthejedi -
      That's not completely true. See the iPhone has 2 partitions, one for the system files, the other for the media. So while you may be over writing the media many times, the system partition still contains data that might be useful, such as settings, contacts, history, caches, etc.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by jesterthejedi View Post
      That's not completely true. See the iPhone has 2 partitions, one for the system files, the other for the media. So while you may be over writing the media many times, the system partition still contains data that might be useful, such as settings, contacts, history, caches, etc.
      sytem partition contains the files for the OS which is anything that doesn't get erased during an action that erases all content and settings. anything that gets erased during that procedure will be overwritten when new content is loaded to the max potential.

      in other words, if you expect that your settings, contacts, history, caches, etc. will be preserved if you factory reset(erase everything) on your iphone then you will be sorely mistaken and you will kick yourself unless you backed up your content. this is why you are supposed to regularly sync with itunes to update and create backup copies of what is on your iphone in case you lose important data.
    1. jesterthejedi's Avatar
      jesterthejedi -
      As someone that has personally recovered data from disks that were accidentally over written or lost, there is always going to be something left over that can be viewed, even partially.
    1. Apple Repair New Orleans's Avatar
      Apple Repair New Orleans -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Jonathan Zdziarski figured out three years ago how to read everything off and iPhone, even after being wiped, that he wanted. Accessing everything on an iPhone, with or without a password, is old hat. All this is is a home version, this isn't new and groundbreaking.
      Not even.
      This deals with the backups on your computer's hard drive.
      Jon's methods are about restoring, jailbreaking, entering ssh and running data recovery software on it.
    1. zxzasa7's Avatar
      zxzasa7 -
      is it something new?
      there a lot of programs for data recovery, such as ActyMac - DutyWatch Remote employee monitoring for Mac OS X for example