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Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:36:59 -0700
From: Jeff Keller <>
Subject: Re: Great News - photos recovered!

While diving through my file cabinet I found the password for my Time Machine backup in a place where it should not have been!  So my backup, complete with 15+ years of photos, has been saved!  

I did use the style I described originally, just a pair of words that I hadn’t used before. If you have the hash file still and want to see if you can crack it with an extra hint, let me know.

Thanks for everyone who tried to crack the password, and to magnum for helping me get up and running.


On Mar 8, 2014, at 12:43 PM, Jeff Keller <> wrote:

> Thousands of my treasured photos are stuck on an encrypted sparsebundle DMG file from a Time Machine backup. I’ve worked with magnum to gain support for the format and extract the hash (thanks magnum!), but neither of us have been able to get the password.
> I’m offering $3000 (via Paypal) to whomever can crack the code so I can retrieve the contents. I work for (world’s largest digital photography site, owned by Amazon) and formerly ran for 15 years, so I’m actual employed person who can pay the reward. My employer is not involved in this project.
> The password is NOT a random string of characters. It’s likely common words (which I’ve provided via the link below) with certain characters swapped out. It’s probably between 6-12 characters.
> My common substitutions:
> 1 -> !
> O -> 0  (letter to number)
> two -> 2
> four -> 4
> You can download the hash and some possible hint words at this link:
> [link dead]
> Let me know if you have any questions. If anyone can crack this one open, I will be forever in your debt!

Jeff Keller
Senior Writer, Digital Photography Review

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