Season’s Greetings and 2021 in Review

December 30th, 2021 by Olga Koksharova
Category: «Elcomsoft News», «General»

The new year is just around the corner, and so it’s the right time to review our achievements in 2021. We’ve done plenty of researching, developing and updating, and posted a great deal of content in our blog. Let’s run through the most exciting developments of the year!

Mobile Forensic Bundle – the R&D champion

In 2021, Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit received the most love and the most work. From the very beginning till the end of the year we kept adding features and extending support for new devices and iOS versions.

Our exclusive acquisition agent enables safe low-level extraction without a jailbreak, with iOS 14.8 support currently in the final testing.

Forensically sound, repeatable and verifiable checkm8-based extraction is a hallmark we are truly proud of. It is the smartest, safest, and the most complete extraction method for a wide range of devices running all version of iOS including the current iOS 15.2.

We brought back support for legacy Apple devices, bringing high-speed passcode unlock for iPhone 4 and 5/5c devices.

Elcomsoft Phone Breaker extended Microsoft account support and added the ability to use a trusted iOS device to authorize iCloud extractions.

Desktop Forensics – better bundle up!

For desktop forensics we have a higher number of tools which also got their updates. Our go-to solution for accessing encrypted disks and containers, Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor, can now handle BitLocker volumes created in the latest Windows 10 build (20H2).

The chain of custody begins from the first point of data collection, and we updated our tool for in-field investigations. Elcomsoft System Recovery has become truly forensically sound with write-blocking mode engaged by default.

Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery now supports the full range of disk encryption tools from the usual suspects (BitLocker, LUKS, PGP, TrueCrypt / VeraCrypt, FileVault 2) to BestCrypt Volume Encryption with quite an exotic protection.

Advanced Office Password Recovery now offers blazing fast, guaranteed recovery of encrypted .doc and .xls files saved in Office 97/2000 compatibility mode. Advanced Archive Password Recovery brought support for RAR5 and 7Zip archives

Our Blog: 12 years of sharing knowledge with you

Twelve years back, we launched our blog as a tool to keep our customers updated about the new releases of our tools and give insight information about the technologies empowering our products under the hood. More than 50 articles out of 500 in total have been written this year.

Mystically enough, the greatest recognition this year has gained the article about Bitlocker TPM protection written by our teammate Andrey Malyshev who left us this year. Andy, you will always stay in our hearts and memory.

The popularity of our articles in social networks and search engines signifies well deserved success in our effort to deliver quality content. Guys, we love writing for you!

Here is a top-5 selection of articles from our blog in 2021:

Have a good reading if you missed these articles and thank you again for placing your trust in our tools, developments and expertise.

May you and your dearest ones have Happy Holidays and a safe New Year!