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Forensics Vendor Passware warns Mac OS X FileVault 2 easily decrypted

Passware, Inc., a provider of password recovery for law enforcement, issued a warning that its Forensic Tools capable of breaking the Disk encryption security in Mac OS.

FileVault provides 128bit AES encryption of all files located within your home directory of Mac OS X. A master password (and recovery key in 10.7+) is created as a precaution against a user losing their password.

Passware Kit Forensic v11.3: can decrypt the a FileVault-encrypted Mac disk within 40 minutes-regardless of the length or complexity of the password. Passware says its utilities can now easily gain a FileVault encryption key from the target computer memory, which provides full access to the encrypted Mac hard disk.


“Full disk encryption is becoming a major obstacle for digital investigations,” said Dmitry Sumin, president, Passware, Inc. “The latest version of Passware Kit Forensic offers multiple approaches to overcoming this problem, such as live memory analysis and extraction of encryption keys for BitLocker, TrueCrypt, and FileVault. This means forensic experts are better armed to approach investigative
challenges with an effective and efficient solution that significantly reduces decryption time and thus allows investigators to focus on data analysis."

Passware Kit Forensic is available directly from Passware for $995 with one year of free updates. PassWare makes this software primarily available for law enforcement.
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