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Crptographic Key Recovery

Written by DFMag


Cryptographic Key Recovery

For a long time now the answer to protecting private data from theft or carelessness has always been to encrypt our mobile devices (laptops etc) beyond the realms of basic recovery, however there remains one issue with such devices; where do you store the keys? Within this article we will be looking at some full disk encryption products and how they store their keys, we will also be taking a look at what we can do as Forensic specialists to recover said keys and other goodies from volatile memory.

Recent years have seen the media littered with constant reminders that data stored on mobile devices such as laptops can and will be compromised in ways that don’t always require “conventional” forms of cyber attack, lets take exploit code or malware attacks as examples, both are common, conventional and in some cases highly complex. From an attackers perspective these are great; all well and good, but what if there is an easier, more effi cient way of retrieving that vital confi dential data you desire?




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