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will this work if cryptolocker was used to encrypt drive partitions?

http://www.kieranlane.com/2012/12/12/resetting-administrator-password-windows-2008/
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by:Zac Harris
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Cryptolocker is showing up as ransomware. are you sure that's what you used?
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by:Anthony H.
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Sorry. Meant bit- locker windows
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by:Zac Harris
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There should have been a recovery key established when you encrypted the drive/partition. I would use that method as opposed to renaming files and deleting files. You may force your data into a "lock-down" state.
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by:Anthony H.
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Key is not available.

Any other method?
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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No key, no data.  I don't think you can do anything without the key.
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by:McKnife
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Please be precise about the Bitlocker encryption. What protector did you use, TPM?
Long story short: yes, if the server still boots beyond Bitlocker authentication, then there are ways to reset all passwords. And yes, we may modify Bitlocker encrypted disks offline if we have the key.

Do: details please on the encryption:
TPM
TPM+PIN
Startup Key?
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by:Anthony H.
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I can't provide any details as I was not the one who set it up. there absolutely no information available.
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by:McKnife
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Does the PC boot without bitlocker password or not?
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by:Anthony H.
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Yes
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by:McKnife
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Ok, then we could solve it if you have administrative rights, but that's what you lack, that's why you try the offline modifications, right?
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by:Anthony H.
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Right. When i try password reset methods drives can't be read
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by:McKnife
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Since non-admins cannot reset BL protectors, we cannot circumvent BL. Thus, we cannot use any password offline resetters.
Your only bet is FireWire. If the machine has a FireWire port, you could use the FireWire hack. But FireWire on a server? Or is it desktop hardware?
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by:Anthony H.
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2008 r2
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by:McKnife
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That is your OS, I asked for FireWire ports.
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by:Anthony H.
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no firewire ports. I guess I could try to find a card.

what is the process to get it done via firewire?
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That card would need to get auto-installed, so you would need to find one that works with Windows' built-in drivers. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=firewire+hack Shows the process.

If not possible, your last Resort is a cold-boot-attack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDaicPIgn9U
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by:Anthony H.
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what software are they talking about on the video??
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by:McKnife
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There are two videos at least...
The first link shows methods mostly based on the software Winlockpwn.
The softwares/devices used to read out the RAM in the second video: I don't know, but there will be instructions somewhere on the web if you google "cold boot attack".
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