New book details how to break iPhone passcodes and recover data

Summary:O'Reilly just released a new book, iPhone Forensics, Recovering Evidence, Personal Data, and Corporate Assets (US$39.99) by Jonathan Zdziarski.

iPhone Forensics book details how to break passcodes and recover data
O'Reilly just released a new book, iPhone Forensics, Recovering Evidence, Personal Data, and Corporate Assets (US$39.99) by Jonathan Zdziarski.

Any given iPhone is likely to contain sensitive information belonging to its owner, and some types of information that may belong to others: corporate email, documents, and photos, to name a few. As the dark side of such a versatile device becomes more evident, so does the need to recover personal information from it.

In it Zdziarsk details how to perform a forensic analysis of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch. The book promises to help you:

  • Determine what type of data is stored on the device
  • Break v1.x and v2.x passcode-protected iPhones to gain access to the device
  • Build a custom recovery toolkit for the iPhone
  • Interrupt iPhone 3G's "secure wipe" process
  • Conduct data recovery of a v1.x and v2.x iPhone user disk partition, and preserve and recover the entire raw user disk partition
  • Recover deleted voicemail, images, email, and other personal data, using data carving techniques
  • Recover geotagged metadata from camera photos
  • Discover Google map lookups, typing cache, and other data stored on the live file system
  • Extract contact information from the iPhone's database
  • Use different recovery strategies based on case needs, and more

While the books is intended for "lawful forensic examination" by corporate security officers, law enforcement personnel, and private forensic examiners, it will undoubtedly be popular with the hacker set.

Let's hope that Apple also orders a copy and fixes some of the exploits.

Topics: Collaboration, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Networking


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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