Passware Warns: Save it or Not, it Takes Just a Few Minutes to Extract a
Facebook or Google Password from Computer Memory
Passware Kit exposes passwords for social networks by analyzing live memory
and hibernation files
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Passware, Inc., a
provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery
software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government
agencies, and private investigators, announces that Passware Kit Forensic
v.12.3 can recover passwords for Facebook and Google from computer memory and
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Social network passwords, once entered, reside in the computer memory even in
locked computers. Until the next hibernation, a system hibernation file
contains all the passwords, which leaves them accessible after the computer
Social networks present a boundless source of information to computer
forensics. The majority of sensitive information, including conversation
histories, personal data, relationships to other people, etc., is stored
remotely on the internet in social network profiles. Gaining access to this
information is an invaluable part of computer forensics.
Using Passware Kit, computer forensics can extract those passwords not saved
in a browser, regardless of their strength, from a computer memory image or a
system hibernation file even after a user closes the browser and locks Windows
or puts it into "sleep." Currently, Passware Kit recognizes passwords for
Facebook and Google, and lists passwords for other websites detected in the
Passware Kit also uses live memory analysis for instant decryption of
BitLocker, TrueCrypt, Mac FileVault2, and PGP disks, as well as MS Office
2007-2013 documents, and instant recovery of Windows and Mac users' passwords.
Advice to Users to Prevent All Types of Memory Attacks
This new feature, available in Enterprise and Forensic editions of Passware
Kit, is designed for corporate and forensic investigations performed on the
For users concerned with protecting the privacy of their social networking
passwords and content, Dmitry Sumin, CEO of Passware, Inc., notes, "There's no
guarantee that professional-grade versions of Passware Kit won't fall into the
wrong hands. As most users know, a running computer is insecure in many ways
and leaving it unattended makes it available to unauthorized individuals.
Simple advice for all users is to disable hibernation on their computers and
after dealing with confidential information to power them off. Full-disk
encryption also prevents access to the system hibernation file."
Learn more about Passware Kit Forensic 12.3:
Pricing and Availability
Passware Kit Forensic is available directly from Passware and a network of
resellers worldwide, and can also be purchased in a bundle with EnCase – the
leading eDiscovery solution by Guidance Software. The price is $995 with one
year of free updates. Additional product information and screen shots are
available at http://www.lostpassword.com/kit-forensic.htm.
About Passware, Inc.
Founded in 1998, Passware, Inc. is the worldwide leading maker of password
recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software. Law
enforcement and government agencies, institutions, corporations and private
investigators, help desk personnel, and thousands of private consumers rely on
Passware software products to ensure data availability in the event of lost
passwords. Passware customers include many Fortune 100 companies and various
US federal and state agencies, such as the IRS, US Army, US Department of
Defense (DOD), US Department of Justice, US Department of Homeland Security,
US Department of Transportation, US Postal Service, US Secret Service, US
Senate, and US Supreme Court.
More information about Passware, Inc. is available at
http://www.lostpassword.com/. Passware is a privately held corporation with
its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. and a software development and
engineering office in Moscow, Russia.
SOURCE Passware, Inc.
Contact: Nataly Koukoushkina, Passware Inc., +1-650-472-3716 ext. 101,
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