626,718 Passwords have been discovered during penetration tests over the last two years conducted by
internet security researchers. The firm's threat intelligence manager said in a post that half of the plundered passwords were cracked within "the first few minutes".
"We eventually cracked 576,533 or almost 92 percent of the sample within a period of 31 days". He said. "Such a short cracking time using a word list from last year's (Common Passwords)
study shows that passwords were as predictable as ever. "Password1" was the password we came across most often in this year's analysis."
He went on to say about how people mixing non-phonetic passwords with special characters were realistically no more secure than memorable phrases of the same length, provided those passwords were not common, cliché or easy to guess.
Now I'd imagine the majority of you are still wondering how they managed it? How could anyone keep retyping different passwords that fast in 30 days?
Well it's all down to the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). Every PC has one whether it's integrated or dedicated, we all use them to allow images to be displayed on our screens. What the security firm done was use high power GPUs which can crunch billions of calculations per second. So just to put this in to context, the password "N^a&$1nG'" could be cracked in approximately 3.75 days using one AMD R290x GPU.
Those of you who know what bitcoin mining is and know how it works will know the true capability of a GPU, it's an amazing processing unit for mathematical computation and can run more floating operations per second (FLOPS) than most processors making it a much better choice for code cracking.
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