How the Bible and YouTube are fueling the next frontier of password cracking

Crackers tap new sources to uncover “givemelibertyorgivemedeath” and other phrases. Aurich Lawson Early last year, password security researcher Kevin Young was hitting a brick wall. Over the previous few weeks, he made steady progress decoding cryptographically protected password data leaked from the then-recent hack of intelligence firm Stratfor. But with about 60 percent of the more ...

“thereisnofatebutwhat­wemake”—Turbo-charged cracking comes to long passwords

Cracking really long passwords just got a whole lot faster and easier. Dan Goodin For the first time, the freely available password cracker ocl-Hashcat-plus is able to tackle passcodes with as many as 55 characters. It’s an improvement that comes as more and more people are relying on long passcodes and phrases to protect their ...

Researchers Replace Passwords With Mind-Reading Passthoughts

  This post was originally published on Mashable. Remembering the passwords for all your sites can get frustrating. There are only so many punctuation, number substitutes and uppercase variations you can recall, and writing them down for all to find is hardly an option.Thanks to researchers at the UC Berkeley School of Information, you may not need to ...