Elcomsoft Explorer for WhatsApp 2.40 adds the ability to access WhatsApp Business conversation histories from rooted Android handsets and Google Drive backups. For cloud acquisition from Google Drive, access to the user’s Google Account and their verified phone number (SIM card) is required to obtain the encryption key and decrypt the backup. Physical extraction requires a rooted Android device running any version of Android from Android 4.0 through 8.1.
In addition, the new release supports the new Google Drive authentication method implemented by WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business. Elcomsoft Explorer for WhatsApp enables access to WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business Google Drive backups without requiring to enter the phone number.
Exclusively available to Android users, WhatsApp Business is a new app offering a number of features aimed at small business owners. The free Android app allows businesses interact with their customers by using a number of automation tools to quickly find and respond to messages. At this time, WhatsApp Business has more than 10 million installations according to Google Play Store statistics.
Elcomsoft Explorer for WhatsApp 2.40 can now extract information from the new WhatsApp Business app in addition to regular WhatsApp. Two acquisition methods are supported: physical extraction from rooted Android devices as well as cloud extraction from Google Drive. Extracting from Google Drive requires Google Account credentials (login and password, as well as access to the secondary authentication factor, if 2FA is enabled). In addition, the cloud extraction tool registers itself as a new WhatsApp recipient, requiring access to the user’s registered SIM card or phone number.
At this time, Elcomsoft Explorer for WhatsApp 2.40 supports the following WhatsApp Business acquisition methods:
– Downloading and decrypting WhatsApp Business backups from Google Drive
– Extracting WhatsApp Business databases from a rooted Android device (all versions of Android that support WhatsApp Business; root access required)
Find more information about Elcomsoft Explorer for WhatsApp and download free trial version at https://www.elcomsoft.com/exwa.html