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In this tutorial, we will address common issues faced by users of the iOS Forensic Toolkit when installing and using the low-level extraction agent for accessing the file system and keychain on iOS devices. This troubleshooting guide is based on the valuable feedback and data received by our technical support team.

Have you ever tried to unlock a password but couldn’t succeed? This happens when the password is really strong and designed to be hard to break quickly. In this article, we’ll explain why this can be a tough challenge and what you can do about it.

In the world of digital investigations, the sheer volume of data and the challenge of identifying valuable evidence can be overwhelming. Often, investigators find themselves faced with the need for optimization — the ability to quickly and seamlessly identify what is valuable and requires further examination. We aim to fulfill this need by introducing a new forensic toolkit in Elcomsoft System Recovery, a powerful bootable tool designed to speed up investigations, quickly identify and collect digital evidence right on the spot.

In the digital age, where information is a precious commodity and evidence is increasingly stored in virtual realms, the importance of preserving digital evidence has become a must in modern investigative practices. However, the criticality of proper handling is often overlooked, potentially jeopardizing access to crucial data during an investigation. In this article, we will once again highlight the importance of meticulous preservation techniques and live session analysis to prevent the loss of digital evidence.

Year after year, the field of digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) presents us with new challenges. Various vendors from around the world are tirelessly striving to simplify and enhance the work of experts in this field, but there are some things you probably do not know about (or simply never paid attention to) that we discussed in the first part of these series. Today we’ll discuss some real cases to shed light onto some vendors’ shady practices.

The market of digital forensic tools is a tight one, just like any other niche market. The number of vendors is limited, especially when catering such specific needs as unlocking suspects’ handheld devices or breaking encryption. However, amidst the promises of cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking solutions, there are certain limitations that forensic vendors often don’t like to disclose to their customers. These limitations can have a significant impact on the applicability, effectiveness and reliability of the tools being offered.

In the realm of password recovery, benchmarking the speed of attacks holds significant importance. It is a customary practice to gauge the speed of attacks on various data formats using diverse hardware configurations. These tests yield results that are visually represented through graphs clearly demonstrating the performance of our products. However, these graphical representations merely scratch the surface of a much broader scope. Today, we delve deeper into the objectives and methodologies behind our password cracking speed tests.

Synology DSM 7.2 introduced a highly anticipated feature: volume-level encryption. This data protection mechanism works faster and has less limitations than shared folder encryption, which was the only encryption option supported in prior DSM releases. However, upon investigation, we determined that the implementation of the encryption key management mechanism for full-volume encryption fails to meet the expected standards of security for encrypted data for many users.

As a provider of mobile forensic tools, we at Elcomsoft strongly believe in giving back to the community. Our iOS Forensic Toolkit (EIFT) is a highly complex and powerful mobile acquisition tool, consisting of almost eighty sub-projects, many of which are open source. While we have benefited from the contributions of the community, we also believe that it’s time to contribute back to the open source community by publishing our changes to those projects as required by their permissive license.

Forensic acquisition has undergone significant changes in recent years. In the past, acquisition was relatively easy, with storage media easily separable and disk encryption not yet widespread. However, with the rise of mobile devices and their built-in encryption capabilities, acquiring data has become increasingly challenging. Traditional approaches like disk dumps are no longer feasible, and software exploitation has become the industry standard. Despite these methods, there are limitations to mobile acquisition, including the need to collaborate with the device, the possibility of hardware defects or deliberate data tampering. As a result, there is a need for continuous innovation in forensic acquisition to address these challenges and ensure accurate and reliable data collection.