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Elcomsoft adds PDF unlocking to password recovery solution
Elcomsoft has added Adobe Acrobat PDF file support to Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery. The program offers administrators a comprehensive solution for recovering passwords to MS Office documents, Personal Information Exchange certificates, PGP encryption keys and now PDF files.

The program can now recover a file’s user password, which is required to open and view a password-protected PDF file. The program can also recover the file’s owner or master password, which is needed to modify the permissions that allow users to print a file, copy its contents to the clipboard, edit it, or perform similar operations.

For PDF files using 40-bit encryption, Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery can find the lost or missing password, regardless of the password’s length or complexity. Files protected with 128-bit encryption can only be recovered using brute force decryption. Because this method takes a very long time using traditional methods, Distributed Password Recovery lets you coordinate all of the unused computing power of every computer on your LAN or WAN and use distributed processing to restore the lost password.

Distributed Password Recovery installs agents onto as many computers on the network as the user desires. Each of these agents uses brute force to try to recover the lost password. The program ensures that these agents work together and combine their computing power to find the lost password. The more computing power available, the faster the recovery speed.

The software has a plug-in architecture and can be extended to support more document formats and types of encryption. Future releases will support ZIP and RAR archives, Intuit Quicken, operating systems passwords and other applications that use strong encryption.

Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery version 1.3 runs under Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003 and requires 5MB of hard disk space on the server and 3MB on every client. Prices begin at US$599 for networks with up to 20 clients/agents.


Dell releases small-form notebook
Dell announced the Latitude D420, a notebook with a starting weight of three pounds, which also offers up to seven hours of battery life.

The Latitude D420 features a 12.1-inch wide-aspect display, full-sized keyboard and dual pointing capability. Customers can configure systems with the choice of Wi-Fi 802.11g or 802.11a/g. It is 802.11n-ready and features the Wi-Fi Catcher, a switch that can help find wireless connections without turning on or booting up. The system comes standard with Smart Card readers and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security technology. Customers can also add biometric fingerprint readers at time of purchase.

Lastly, the system is compatible with legacy D-family docking options, power supplies and peripherals. Users can also add an optional MediaBase with the choice of optical drive that attaches to the bottom of the system.

The Latitude D420 is powered by Intel Core Solo processors. Dual-core configurations are scheduled to be available later this summer. The Latitude D420 includes three USB ports, and an IEEE 1394 (Firewire) port. The new system also includes the standard Latitude three-year limited warranty with NextBusinessDay On-Site Service. The Dell Latitute D420 is is available now with prices starting at $1,699.


Panasonic releases two DLP projector offerings
Panasonic announced the release of two DLP projectors, the PT-D5600 and the PT-DW5000.

The PT-D5600 is a 1-chip DLP projector that provides image projection for large spaces. It features a dual lamp optical system to achieve brightness of 5,000 lumens and a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 50-600 inch screen and weighs in at 32 pounds when the supplied power/focus zoom lens is attached. The panel measures 0.7” diagonal and is capable of resolution of 1024×768 pixels (1600×1200 pixels compatible, compression mode).

The PT-DW5000 is similar to the PT-D5600, but offers 4,500 lumens of brightness and a resolution of 1280×768 pixels (1600×1200 pixels compatible, compression mode). The model measures 0.65” diagonal.

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