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Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:10:16 -0400
From: Michael Ledford <mledford@...il.com>
To: john-users@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: Great News - photos recovered!

Hi Jeff,

Congratulations! Did you happen to check to see if john was given the
actual password that it shows as a positive result?

Cheers,
Michael


On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:36 AM, Jeff Keller <jakeller@...r.com> wrote:

> 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.
>
> Best,
> Jeff
>
> On Mar 8, 2014, at 12:43 PM, Jeff Keller <jakeller@...r.com> 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 DPReview.com (world's largest digital
> photography site, owned by Amazon) and formerly ran DCResource.com 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
> www.dpreview.com
>
>

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