Three Popular Encryption Programs Defeated

By Robert Vamosi | 1/2/13 2:02 AM

Encrypting your hibernating hard drive with commercial software may no longer be enough to keep the bad guys out.

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Fingerprint Readers Expose Passwords

By Robert Vamosi | 9/6/12 3:25 AM

Fingerprint reading software preinstalled on some laptops make it trivial for criminal hackers to obtain Windows passwords, researchers say.

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iPhone Encryption Hacked

By Robert Vamosi | 5/26/11 3:25 AM

A Russian security company has found a way to crack the hardware encryption on iOS 4-based devices—but the company is only offering the service to law enforcement and the military.

On Wednesday, ElcomSoft, a company that specializes in cracking Microsoft Office and OS passwords (useful to enterprises whose employees leave suddenly), said it had created a toolset that circumvents the hardware encryption chip Apple uses by extracting the keys. Rather than using a hardware dump, which is encrypted but missing some data, the toolkit accesses the full device showing investigators geolocation data, browsing history, call history, text messages, emails, usernames and passwords. It also reveals information the user has deleted.

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