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In the latest update, Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery introduced a new feature that allows managing the available computational resources. The new resource management capability allows administrators to manage and distribute the available computational resources across multiple jobs. The feature enables users to tap into a pool of available resources by requesting a certain number of recovery agents. The reserved recovery agents will be allocated, allowing multiple jobs to run separately at the same time.

The bootloader vulnerability affecting several generations of Apple devices, known as “checkm8”, allows for forensically sound extraction of a wide range of Apple hardware including several generations of iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and even HomePod devices. The exploit is available for chips that range from the Apple A5 found in the iPhone 4s and several iPad models to A11 Bionic empowering the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X; older devices such as the iPhone 4 have other bootloader vulnerabilities that can be exploited to similar effect. In this article, we will go through the different chips and their many variations that are relevant for bootloader-level extractions.

In the upcoming iOS 17.4 update, Apple is introducing significant changes to its App Store policies for apps distributed in the European Union. The new policy brings multiple changes, one of them being alternative app marketplaces (which are effectively third-party app stores). These changes have both technical and financial implications for developers, but do they bring news to the digital forensic crowd? Let’s have a look into what Apple’s new policy brings and how it may impact forensic experts.

With the launch of the Super update of 40-Series NVIDIA GPUs, the company’s product lineup has become quite complex. In the 4070 series alone, four models of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX are available: the original 4070, 4070 Ti, and now also 4070 Super, and 4070 Ti Super. Understanding the differences between these cards and learning which models offer the best price/performance ratio in password recovery jobs are crucial considerations for IT professionals.

The latest update to iOS Forensic Toolkit brought the ability to mount HFS disk images extracted from legacy Apple devices as drive letters on Windows systems. This new capability to mount HFS images on Windows empowers experts to efficiently process and analyze digital evidence extracted from legacy Apple devices on Windows-based computers. This article provides detailed instructions on using the new feature.

In a controversial move, Apple is implementing major changes to its U.S. iOS App Store policies, granting developers the ability to direct customers to non-App Store purchasing options for digital goods. This update permits users to make in-app purchases through an alternative method. However, Apple will continue to collect a commission ranging from 12 to 27 percent on content purchased through this avenue, providing only a 3 percentage points commission cut compared to purchases made through the official Apple App Store.

This guide covers the correct installation procedure for Elcomsoft low-level extraction agent, an integral part of iOS Forensic Toolkit that helps extracting the file system and keychain from supported iOS devices. This instruction manual provides a step-by-step guide for setting up a device and installing the extraction agent. We’ve included suggestions from troubleshooting scenarios and recommendations we derived during testing.

The first developer beta of iOS 17.3 includes Stolen Device Protection, a major new security feature designed to protect the user’s sensitive information stored in the device and in iCloud account if their iPhone is stolen and the thief gets access to the phone’s passcode. This optional feature could represent a significant change in how Apple looks at security, where currently the passcode is king. At this time, no detailed documentation is available; developers are getting a prompt to test the feature when installing the new beta.

The latest update of iOS Forensic Toolkit brought an all-new Linux edition, opening up a world of possibilities in mobile device analysis. The highly anticipated Linux edition preserves and expands the features previously available to macOS and Windows users. Forensic professionals can now perform advanced logical and low-level extractions with the aid of a custom extraction agent and extract information using the bootloader-level exploit, making forensic analysis more accessible on Linux platforms.

The latest update to the iOS Forensic Toolkit has expanded data extraction support for older models of Apple Watch, introducing low-level extraction capabilities for Apple Watch Series 0, Series 1, and Series 2. In a landscape where new devices are released on a yearly schedule, we stand committed to a balanced approach. While it’s easy for many to dismiss older devices, we recognize their significance as they frequently reappear in the labs of forensic experts. It is important to emphasize that, unlike many, we cater to the needs of experts who have to deal with legacy devices. This enhancement enables macOS and Linux users to delve deeper into these watches, retrieving crucial information such as passwords and complete file systems.