New book details how to break iPhone passcodes and recover data

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.

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iPhone Forensics book details how to break passcodes and recover dataO'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, Wi-Fi

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  • What a bunch of Hooey!

    [i]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.[/i]

    Anyone who buys this is either a thief or a fool for paying $40.00.

    Great journalism to show people where they can get what should be an illegal book so they too can be a criminal. Typical dum*** thinking by ZDNet.

    Why not be fair and also include where to get the how to's of cracking a Crackberry and the Breaking Windows Mobile guide?
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    • You really think?

      Umm, if information exists it will be found regardless of zdnet. And if someone wants to hack your data they will. Your better off picking up a copy of the book so you can learn to protect yourself, unless you think keeping your head in the sand is helping.
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      • Was I talking to you?

        Where in my post did you get that my head was in the sand? Just pointing out another bit of dreck from ZDNet with the word iPhone in it to get hits. ZDNet bloggers would be bankrupt without using the word 'iPhone'. You may buy the book if you wish. Give me your computer or smart-phone and I will crack it like a bad walnut. :-)

        On second thought a book on general knowledge might suit you better if you got that I was 'keeping my head in the sand' from my post. Your reply was more worthless than the article.
        GoneFromZDnet
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