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04/2013

Protecting against modern password cracking

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Attackers are increasingly turning to human psychology and the study of password selection patterns among user groups to develop sophisticated techniques that can quickly and effectively recover passwords. Passwords are commonly protected by applying a one-way cryptographic algorithm that produces a hash of set length given any password as input. However, cryptography can only protect something to the point where the only feasible attack on the encrypted secret is to try to guess it. When it comes to passwords, guessing can be easy.

Table Of Contents

  • The password cracking toolbox
  • The study of password selection patterns
  • The proof-of-concept attack

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