Tag: Cracking


A fifth of passwords used by federal agency cracked in security audit

January 11, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

More than a fifth of the passwords protecting network accounts at the US Department of the Interior—including Password1234, Password1234!, and ChangeItN0w!—were weak enough to be cracked using standard methods, a recently published security audit of the agency found. The audit […]


Frequent password changes are the enemy of security, FTC technologist says

August 3, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

Shortly after Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor became chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission in January, she was surprised by an official agency tweet that echoed some oft-repeated security advice. It read: “Encourage your loved ones to change […]


How LinkedIn’s password sloppiness hurts us all

June 1, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

Back in 2012, fellow professional password cracker d3ad0ne (who regretfully passed away in 2013) and I made short work out of the first LinkedIn password dump, cracking more than 90 percent of the 6.4 million password hashes in just under […]

Policy, State & Local

Why Tim Cook is right to call court-ordered iPhone hack a “backdoor”

February 18, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

Tuesday’s court order compelling Apple to hack the iPhone belonging to a gunman who killed 14 people and injured 22 others has ignited an acrimonious debate. CEO Tim Cook called the order “chilling” because, he said, it requires company engineers […]


Ashley Madison password crack could spell trouble across the Internet

September 10, 2015

Via: Dan Goodin

Now that a hobbyist team has uncovered programming errors that make more than 15 million of the Ashley Madison account passwords orders of magnitude faster to crack, it will be only a matter of time before a large percentage of […]