Crypto tool predicts password cracking time

    Date15 Jul 2010
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Instead of indicating password quality via coloured bars, the Windows crypto tool Thor's Godly Privacy (TGP) informs users about the estimated time required for a successful brute-force attack on the chosen password. TGP calculates the time from the number of iterations a brute-force tool would need to arrive at the correct character combination. The calculation is based on a Class F attack with a throughput of 1 billion passwords per second and a key space of 96 that contains all lower and upper case letters as well as all numbers and special characters, brackets etc (961 + 962 + 963 + 964 + ...). However, TGP not only returns the time required for trying out the entire key space, it also gives an estimated time for the specific password in question; 10
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