It’s Hashed, Not Encrypted

September 9th, 2020 by Oleg Afonin

How many times have you seen the phrase: “Your password is securely encrypted”? More often than not, taking it at face value has little sense. Encryption means the data (such as the password) can be decrypted if you have the right key. Most passwords, however, cannot be decrypted since they weren’t encrypted in the first place. Instead, one might be able to recover them by running a lengthy attack. Let’s talk about the differences between encryption and hashing and discuss why some passwords are so much tougher to break.

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The Four Ways to Deal with iPhone Backup Passwords

July 30th, 2020 by Vladimir Katalov

We have published multiple articles on iPhone backup passwords already, covering the different aspects of the backup protection. In this publication, we have collected the most important information about the things you can do under different circumstances, some software recommendations, and some other practical tips and tricks, in a brief and simple form.

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Live System Analysis: Discovering Encrypted Disk Volumes

July 28th, 2020 by Oleg Afonin

The wide spread of full-disk encryption makes live system analysis during incident response a challenge, but also an opportunity. A timely detection of full-disk encryption or a mounted crypto container allows experts take extra steps to secure access to encrypted evidence before pulling the plug. What steps are required and how to tell if the system is using full-disk encryption? “We have a tool for that”.

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Downloading iOS 13 and iOS 14 iCloud Backups

July 21st, 2020 by Vladimir Katalov

The long-awaited update for Elcomsoft Phone Breaker has arrived. The update brought back the ability to download iCloud backups, which was sorely broken since recent server-side changes introduced by Apple. We are also excited to become the first forensic company to offer support for iCloud backups saved by iOS 14 beta devices, all while supporting the full spectrum of two-factor authentication methods. We are proud to provide the most comprehensive forensic support of Apple iCloud with unmatched performance, accelerating forensic investigations and providing access to critical evidence stored in the cloud.

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checkra1n, USB Restrictions and Breaking Into Locked iPhones

July 17th, 2020 by Vladimir Katalov

The checkra1n jailbreak is fantastic. Not only does it work with the latest versions of iOS the other jailbreaks aren’t even available for, but it also allows performing partial data extraction from disabled and locked iPhones even if the passcode is not known. Still, you can encounter some problems if the USB restricted mode has been activated on the device. The latest build of chechra1n is to the rescue.

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Defending Americans’ Right to Decrypt

July 16th, 2020 by Olga Koksharova

19 years ago, on July 16, 2001, the FBI arrested Dmitry Sklyarov, almost immediately after his speech at the DEF CON hacker conference, on a number of charges by Adobe. Dmitry was accused of many things, from software trafficking to conspiring with Elcomsoft and “third parties”, who put up the software for sale that could bypass technological protection on copyrighted material. Dmitry’s career at Elcomsoft began with a project on gaining access to protected Access databases. Soon, Dmitry got an idea about the security of PDF documents, and so he started working on it. From this idea the never-to-be-forgotten Advanced eBook Processor was born, because of which Dmitry was arrested in 2001 at DEF CON in Las Vegas, NV.

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checkra1n Installation Tips & Tricks

July 14th, 2020 by Vladimir Katalov

Having trouble installing the checkra1n jailbreak? If you do it right, you achieve a nearly 100% success rate. We have collected the most important information on how to install and troubleshoot the checkra1n jailbreak. By following these advises, you will be able to jailbreak like a pro, whether you just want to research your own device or perform the file system and keychain acquisition.

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The iPhone Data Recovery Myth: What You Can and Cannot Recover

July 10th, 2020 by Oleg Afonin

There is no lack of tools claiming the ability to recover lost or deleted information from the iPhone. These tools’ claims range from “Recover data lost due to water damaged, broken, deletion, device loss, etc.” to the much more reserved “Selectively recovers iPhone data from internal memory, iCloud, and iTunes”. Do any of those tools actually work, and do they live up to the user’s expectations? The answer is complex, hence this article. Let us place the claims through our usual scrutiny.

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Significant Locations, iOS 14 and iCloud

July 9th, 2020 by Vladimir Katalov

Location data is one of the most sensitive pieces of personal information. In today’s world, aggregated location data is as sensitive and as valuable as the user’s passwords. Once this data is transmitted to the OS manufacturer’s cloud service or any of the third-party vendors, the user has the right to know exactly what information is collected; who, when, and how has access to it. In today’s article, we will talk about one of the iOS lesser known features called “Significant locations”.

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Extracting and Using Stored Passwords from Web Browsers

July 7th, 2020 by Oleg Afonin

Breaking passwords becomes more difficult with every other update of popular software. Microsoft routinely bumps the number of hash iterations to make Office document protection coherent with current hardware. Apple uses excessive protection of iTunes backups since iOS 10.1, making brute force attacks a thing of the past. VeraCrypt and BitLocker were secure from the get go. However, everything is not lost if you consider human nature.

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Extracting Passwords from Tencent QQ Browser

July 7th, 2020 by Oleg Afonin

QQ Browser is one of China’s most popular Web browsers. With some 10% of the Chinese market and the numerous Chinese users abroad, QQ Browser is used by the millions. Like many of its competitors, QQ Browser offers the ability to store website passwords. The passwords are securely encrypted, and can be only accessed once the user signs into their Windows account. Learn what you need to do to extract passwords from Tencent QQ Browser.

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