New Password Recovery Software Unlocks Microsoft Word Passwords

<strong>Moscow, Russia &mdash; Feb. 21</strong><br />ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. has released Advanced Office Password Breaker (AOPB) v. 2.0, an application that makes it easy to gain access to Microsoft Word password-protected documents that have been accidentally or purposefully password protected. The software is used by information technology support administrators, business managers, and law enforcement officials to protect their organizations from the perils of losing access to critical documents.<br /><br />In addition to the key recovery technique, Advanced Office Password Breaker uses the company&#39;s "rainbow attack" subsystem. The enterprise version of AOPB is shipped with a DVD that contains special precomputed hash tables that allow you to decrypt an estimated 99.5 percent of Word documents in just minutes instead of days, even on slow computers. By precomputing these hash tables and providing them on a DVD or a 4-GB thumb drive, AOPB makes short work of password-protected Word documents that use 40-bit encryption.<br /><br />The vast majority of Word documents can be opened in minutes because most of them use 40-bit encryption. In Office 97 and Office 2000, 40-bit encryption was the strongest available. While Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007 offer stronger encryption regimens, few people use them. By using the older 40-bit encryption, businesspeople maintain compatibility across all versions of Word, as well as compatibility with many software products that import Word documents. The default setting in Office XP and 2003 is 40-bit encryption, and most people leave that setting intact.<br /><br />For the one document in 200 that…


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