Yet another use for "cloud computing": cracking passwords :-]
Thread poster: opolt
opolt  Identity Verified
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Jan 15, 2011

Found here (in German):
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,739716,00.html

"A German IT expert has cracked his neighbour's W-Lan password within 20 minutes. To perform this computer-intensive attack, he relied on a service provided by Amazon ..."

They say that Amazon leases its supercomputing power for 28 cents per minute to everyone on a remote basis, i.e. as a "cloud" service. -- The engineer/hacker/cracker says he believes he can still improve the software, such that the computation will in the future take only 6 minutes, which would correspond to less than 2 dollars per password.

FWIW, this was a WPA password, and he went public about the problem in order to alert system admins etc. -- not to promote criminal activities.

Just to let you know how dangerous this world has become :-]

So, be careful out there, use the right technology, and make sure you have good passwords!

Cheers and happy computing to everyone!


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Better options Jan 16, 2011

I switch to cloud computing and expect better security level by now.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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