Cracking Windows passwords in seconds

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Cracking Windows passwords in seconds

Swiss researchers released a paper on Tuesday outlining a way to speed the cracking of alphanumeric Windows passwords, reducing the time to break such codes to an average of 13.6 seconds, from 1 minute 41 seconds. “The method involves using large lookup tables to match encoded passwords to the original text entered by a pereson, thus speeding the calculations required to break the codes. Called a time-memory trade-off, the situation means that an attacker with an abundance of computer memory can reduce the time it takes to break a secret code.”

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