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Monster GPU rig blows through password hashes in seconds

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Biker, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Update: New 25 GPU Monster Devours Passwords In Seconds

    **sigh** The old rule of thumb regarding passwords is no longer applicable. Granted, online brute force is still impracticable, but compromised databases that have been downloaded are no longer secure, even with hashed passwords.
  2. dsl987

    dsl987 Member

    So how long of a password would it need to still remain relatively safe? Assuming of course a good mix of Uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols?

    Will be interesting to see how they solve this with new technology or ideas.
  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Hard to say. It depends on the hash used to encrypt the database entries that contain the passwords. If md5crypt() is used (which is still commonly used), even 10 character passwords can fall in a matter of hours.

    And with quantum computing making great strides, even the longest passwords could fall in a matter of seconds once those systems start appearing on the market.

    What happens when technology outpaces security?

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