iPhone backup encryption: say no to ‘kite’, and ‘letterhead’

After the advent of OS 3.0, users could select to encrypt their backup data with a password, yay! Well, hold the party till after this post. Password recovery firm, ElcomSoft, have released a password cracker for the silly Lou who forgot his/her password.

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It goes something like this: using one of the oldest cracking methods known to hackers, the scanning of a virtual English dictionary, it looks for matching words. Quite like funnelling your ear to a padlock and twisting, it is simpleton crookery. The app is by no means illegal and shouldn’t pose a threat to anyone, however, it is proof that many people forgo realistic, non-dictionary terms for the sake of expediency. Secure passwords are not based on dictionary words or permutations. 4l1c3 is as dangerous as Alice.

ElcomSoft’s iPhone Password Breaker (EPPB) is currently in beta 1.0 form, but takes advantage of many CPU/GPU configurations to aid speed and works against Jailbreaked iDevices.

Product Description

Recover Password-Protected iPhone and iPod Backups

Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker enables forensic access to password-protected backups for iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, and iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen devices. Featuring the company’s patent-pending GPU acceleration technology, Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker is the first GPU-accelerated 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.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain access to information stored in password-protected iPhone and iPod Touch backups
  • Recover the original plain-text password
  • Save time with cost-efficient GPU acceleration when one or several ATI* or NVIDIA video cards are installed
  • Perform advanced dictionary attacks with highly customizable permutations
  • Perform offline attacks without Apple iTunes installed
  • Recover passwords to backups for original and ‘jailbroken’ iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, and iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen devices
  • GPU Acceleration

ElcomSoft offers a highly efficient, cost-effective solution to lengthy attacks by dramatically increasing the speed of password recovery when one or more supported video cards are present. The company’s patent-pending GPU acceleration reduces the time required to recover iPhone/iPod backup passwords by orders of magnitude. The latest generation of ElcomSoft GPU acceleration technology supports unlimited numbers of ATI or NVIDIA boards such as NVIDIA GeForce 8, 9, and 200 series and ATI RADEON 4800 and 5000 series. ElcomSoft GPU acceleration provides true supercomputer performance at consumer prices.

Advanced Attacks

Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker supports an advanced dictionary attack with customizable permutations. According to multiple security researches, the majority of users choose meaningful, dictionary-based passwords that are easier for them to remember. Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker is able to recover such passwords and their variations quickly and efficiently no matter which language they are. Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker supports a variety of permutations of dictionary words, trying hundreds of variants for each dictionary word to ensure the best possible chance to recover the password.

Offline Backups

Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker does not use Apple iTunes, and does not need to have it installed. All password recovery operations are performed offline.


Elcomsoft iPhone Password Breaker supports Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista or Windows 7 with x32 and x64 architectures. Password-protected backups to iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, and iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen devices are supported.

For more information, visit ElcomSoft’s EPPB page

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