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I am in need of help with an ibackup.com account.  My client doesn't know their encryption key to restore from their backup.  The key is not encrypted on the website for entry.

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My client doesn't know their encryption key for their account.  They thought they had it written down, but cannot locate it.  This is needed to be put in on the website to allow for the restore of data.  

The passkey they enter is not encrypted on the site. (ie. They are not entering the hash in to the field, just the password)  

I have spoken to tier 1 and tier 2 and both said that they do not store the password data so they are not able to reset the key without resetting the entire account and losing all of the backup data.  The techs told me to try and keep guessing passwords and brute force in.  This doesn't seem like a great use of our time.  Does anyone have any advice?  Thank you.
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by:amac81
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I have been in a similar scenario with iBackup and their technicians are correct.  Their systems handle the encryption using the key without any interaction.

Perhaps they could send you the encrypted copy of the backup set on a USB disk and you could brute force that....might be best case.
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We gave up and hope the data can be recovered off of the drive.
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by:mjsimmer
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No real solution. That is why it is encrypted. If the customer loses the password shame on them!
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