Elcomsoft Cloud Explorer 2.25 fixes Google Account authentication for some accounts

Elcomsoft Cloud Explorer 2.25 is a maintenance release with minor bug fixes and a major change under the hood. The fix resolves authentication issues on some Google accounts with specific two-factor authentication settings. The brand-new authentication algorithm we have under the hood is significantly more robust than the one it replaces.

Elcomsoft Cloud Explorer 2.25 is a bug fix and maintenance release with major improvements under the hood. The major change in this version is the brand new and completely reworked authentication algorithm we implemented for signing in to users’ Google accounts. The new authentication algorithm is based on the sign in process utilized by Android devices as opposed to Web-based sign in used in earlier releases.

The new authentication process is a major improvement in robustness and scalability. Using this new authentication engine will allow as to adapt quicker to Google’s new security initiatives.

There are still some known limitations in the initial release of the new authentication algorithm that were carried over from the older sign in process. We still don’t have support for accounts participating in the Google Advanced Protection Program, and we are still working on integrating support for accounts using FIDO2-based two-factor authentication (YubiKey and similar devices). In addition, you may be unable to use Google Prompt for passing two-factor authentication on some specific accounts.

Elcomsoft Cloud Explorer is an all-in-one cloud forensic tool for extracting and analyzing information from users’ Google accounts. The tool makes it easier to download, view and analyze information collected by the search giant, providing convenient access to users’ search and browsing history, page transitions, contacts, Google Keep notes, Hangouts messages, as well as images stored in the user’s Google Photos account.

Extracting passwords synced from the Google Chrome browser enables forensic access to the user’s other online accounts and even BitLocker-protected Windows 10 computers using a Microsoft Account to sign in. Access to comprehensive location history and other critical real-time evidence can be vital for investigating crime.

Release notes:

  • Fixed authentication problems for some specific Google accounts
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

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