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ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. updates Distributed Password Recovery with dictionary attacks and a password cache, making near-instant recovery of strong encryption An encryption method that uses a very large number as its cryptographic key. The larger the key, the longer it takes to unlawfully break the code. Today, 256 bits is considered strong encryption. As computers become faster, the length of the key must be increased.  keys possible. Password cache automatically stores all discovered passwords, unlocking other documents protected with the same password momentarily. Enhancements to Distributed Password Recovery will help forensics See computer forensics.  and government authorities to combat and prevent criminal activities by unlocking up to 40-50 per cent of protected documents in real-time.

Dictionary Attack

The newly added dictionary attack allows unlocking information protected with strong passwords faster. Visa EU Password Selection Survey and ElcomSoft Survey suggest that 40 to 78 per cent of passwords are susceptible to dictionary attacks. Dictionary attack can recover the majority of passwords used by general public, and up to 40 per cent of passwords employed in corporate environments. By adding the dictionary attack, ElcomSoft reduces time required to access information protected with strong encryption algorithms and long, complex passwords.

Password Cache

Computer users tend to use the same password to protect various types of information. Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery stores all passwords it discovers to a separate dictionary. The dictionary of discovered passwords is being used to recover other documents protected with the same password. By attacking the weakest link, ElcomSoft dramatically decreases time required to recover strong encryption algorithms.

About Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery

The tool enables accelerated password recovery for Microsoft Office Microsoft's primary desktop applications for Windows and Mac. Depending on the package, it includes some combination of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook along with various Internet and other utilities.  documents, Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format. , PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) A data encryption program from PGP Corporation, Palo Alto, CA ( Published as freeware in 1991 and widely used around the world for encrypting e-mail messages and securing files, PGP is available for commercial use and as freeware for , personal security certificates and exchange keys, MD5 hashes, Oracle passwords, Windows and UNIX UNIX

Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics).
 login and domain passwords. ElcomSoft's patent-pending GPU GPU: see secret police.

(Graphics Processing Unit) A specialized logic chip devoted to rendering 2D or 3D images. Display adapters contain one or more GPUs for fast graphics rendering.
 acceleration technology and zero-overhead scalability to over 10,000 workstations make it a high-end solution offering the speediest recovery.

About ElcomSoft Co. Ltd.

Established in 1990 in Moscow, Russia, ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. manufactures state-of-the-art computer forensics tools and provides computer forensics training and computer evidence consulting services. Since 1997, ElcomSoft was serving the needs of businesses, law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies. ElcomSoft tools and products are used by most of the Fortune 500 corporations, multiple branches of the military all over the world, governments, and all major accounting firms. ElcomSoft and its officers are members of the Russian Cryptology The science of developing secret codes and/or the use of those codes in encryption systems. See cryptography.

cryptology - The study of cryptography and cryptanalysis.
 Association. ElcomSoft is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an Intel Software Partner.

Prices for Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery start from $599. For more information visit ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. at
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