‘Phone Password Breaker 3.0” from Elcomsoft recovers BlackBerry 10 backups

Elcomsoft password breakerElcomSoft Co. Ltd. has updated its Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker with new, multi-platform capable user interface, BlackBerry 10 support and Windows Phone 8 acquisition from Windows Live cloud.

“This is a major upgrade of our most popular mobile forensic tool,” says Vladimir Katalov, ElcomSoft’s CEO. “The new looks, the soon-to-come Mac OS version, the BlackBerry 10 support and the ability to acquire information from Windows Live cloud greatly extend what our customers can do with this tool.”

The new release makes use of Qt-based user interface, making the tool easier on the eye and opening the door to cross-platform compatibility. Employing a multi-platform library was the final pre-requisite for starting the development of a Mac OS version of Phone Password Breaker. As a result, ElcomSoft gives a firm commitment to releasing the Mac OS version of its popular mobile forensic tool in the nearest future.

BlackBerry 10 uses BlackBerry Link to produce backups that are securely encrypted with hardware-specific key, effectively preventing forensic analytic tools from processing BlackBerry 10 data. Up until now, the only possible way of accessing these backups was restoring them onto a BlackBerry device with a matching BlackBerry ID, making forensic analysis extremely cumbersome.

Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker 3.0 enables the decryption of local BlackBerry 10 backups, completely un-protecting their entire contents and exporting data into a set of plain, unencrypted files for processing with third-party mobile forensic tools.

Cloud acquisition of Windows Phone 8

A year ago, ElcomSoft was the first to acquire information from Apple iCloud, enabling remote acquisition of online backups produced by Apple users. Today, Phone Password Breaker adds Windows Live! cloud support, allowing forensic specialists to download valuable data such as text messages, contacts and other records produced by Windows Phone 8 devices.

“Our customers asked for a Mac OS version for a long time,” said Vladimir Katalov. “This was the last step before releasing a Mac OS version.”