Archive for April 16th, 2009

E-Discovery

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

If you have no idea what E-Discovery is, read Crossing the E-Discovery Border: IT and Legal. But if you do, I’d recommend attending this webinar anyway :)

Password cracking with Microsoft cofee

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

No, it’s no a typo :) . COFEE means Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor, actually. Never heard about it? Then read Microsoft supplies Interpol with DIY forensics tool. Just don’t ask where to get it. We have not seen it either.

NEW: Rainbow Tables for password-protected Excel spreadsheets

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

And now…. we have Rainbow Tables for Microsoft Excel docs with 40-bit encryption. So, it became possible to reach near-instant recovery of 97% of spreadsheets created in MS Excel 97-2003. Unfortunately, due to specificity of Excel spreadsheets format it’s unreal to get 100%-recovery, still, you can use brute force to cover the rest 3%.  

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Electronic records security and encryption

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Sad information: Hackers grab more than 285M records in 2008. Just curious, how about Sarbanes-Oxley Act, does it really work? :)

Microsoft Office 14

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

According to CNET News, Office 14 technical preview will be available in Q3, and release version in the first half of 2010; Office 2010 will come in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

If password encryption will be improved there — of course, we’ll update Office Password Recovery accordingly. Though it is already good enough in Office 2007 — even with GPU acceleration, the password recovery speed is only thousands passwords per second (see some benchmarks at Distributed Password Recovery page), so even relatively short passwords are secure enough.

New ATI Radeon card

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The only our product that works with ATI cards (right now) is Wireless Security Auditor, but interesting news anyway: ATI Radeon HD 4770 Info Leaked. I’ll second the editor’s opinion that it will make a good competition to NVIDIA’a 9800GT (of course, supported by EWSA, too).

Even more news from AMD/ATI: AMD Athlon X2 7850 & Phenom II X4 955 are coming. Though according to our tests (e.g. with Advanced Office Password Breaker that supoorts up to 32 processors/cores; btw, it has been updated today), multi-core AMD chips are still slower than Intel ones.