Boyd entered a nonsensical profile ID (not one that had ever used his computer), and yet the tool still claimed to have cracked the password, and demanded that he obtained an activation key to view the secret details.
Thanks for this article, I wanted to hack a facebook troll and it made me realise how many flaws there were i.e. them potentially accessing your passwords. Is there anyway after you've closed the website to see if they have added malware to find your passwords. I never directly installed anything. I did it from a browser.Thanks,Adam
Most of the passwords were protected only by the weak SHA-1 hashing algorithm, which meant that 99% of them had been cracked by the time LeakedSource.com published its analysis of the entire data set on November 14.
There are three main ways in which passwords are compromised, according to Robert O'Connor, CISO for community banktech provider Neocova and former Deputy Director of Enterprise Information Security at the CIA: guessing (by a human), cracking (by algorithmic brute force), and capturing (by gaining access to someplace where a password has been stored, whether that's in a database or on a sticky note). Each of the following techniques attempts to mitigate against one or more of those methods; for instance, passwords with personal information in them are easier to guess, and shorter passwords are easier to crack.
Length matters, and phrases are longer than words. That said, a longstanding emphasis on weird or "special" characters that aren't found in normal words may be ignoring the bigger picture. Instead, "Length is strength," says Tyler Moffitt, senior security analyst at Webroot. "Longer passwords are much harder to break, cryptographically speaking, than shorter ones even when special characters are involved. A password like 'AN3wPw4u!' is much easier for an automated cryptographic cracker than a password like 'SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves.'"
Encourage users to vet their own passwords. There are a number of resources that will allow users to investigate how safe a potential password is before they put it into use. For instance, MacKeeper's Maklakov points to My1Login's Password Strength Test, which tells you how long it would take a typical algorithm to crack your password, or Have I Been Pwned?, which compares your password against a wide database of hacked credentials circulating on the dark web.
He also created a Password Creation Slide-Tool that lets administrators configure password policy based on the time to crack, the possible technology that an attacker might be using (from an everyday computer on up to a $180,000 password attacker), and the password protection technology in use (from Microsoft Windows System security on up to 100,000 rounds of the cryptographic hash function SHA-1/).
I love Steve Gibsons Password Haystacks. I've referenced him several times in my presentations on passfault. I'm glad someone mentioned it. Comparing the two tools, I'd say that passfault goes a lot farther. If you remove all the password pattern finders, except for random, passfault would provide similar results as password haystacks.
Sweet! Admittedly, I used one of my shortest/feeblest Graham-inspired passwords. And on the subject of submitting precious passwords to a site, I must admit, I tested one I've only used once for a site I haven't been back to since. If somebody wants to go crack my Hoover's access, go have a ball. I should have addressed this question in the post: how safe is it to go submitting your passwords to sites such as this? I derive assurance from the fact that it's under OWASP, but I'm going to shoot Cameron a note and ask him for feedback on this.
Now, what those characters are and how they're arranged can affect the strength of the password. A password containing 13 ones ("1111111111111") can be broken in less than a day, but a password containing 13 random characters will take 654,637,370 centuries to crack, according to Passfault.
So while *in theory* it may take 1903 centuries, in reality, against a computer with barely enough RAM to run Windows 7 well, it doesn't take long at all. The truth is, if your password for a Windows system is less than 15 characters, it's relatively trivial to crack. And if someone has physical access to the system, they don't even need that long to reset it.
You're right, password length is not the only measure of strength. I was referring to the Carnegie Mellon study's conclusion, which was that length was the most important factor. But as others have mentioned, a long, simple to crack password, such as one character repeated a great many times, does not equate to strength.
I believe the authors miss a key point; password changing is not primarily designed to shorten the opportunity to crack it, it is a preventative and correct control to reduce the liklihood of password sharing.
No matter the decillion count, if someone tells someone else their password the security has been compromised. Does the use of one password for multiple accounts example: yahoo, facebook, hotmail, financial, gmail, etc. decrease its strength? If someones gmail account is hacked, does the person/ program that hacked it search the world for that password or is it the other way around in that the guessed password is revealed in on list of accounts? Thank you ahead of time. See now I don't even want to put anything that related to me fearing that the hack monster will nail me. AHHH!
In an ideal world, yes. In ours, hash files are stolen surprisingly often, and it only takes one to screw you up if you're only using one password. For example, a friend I work with had his website's forum logins comprimised, with about 5000 users' passwords and usernames. The passwords were in salted hashes, so it wasn't terrible, but easier passwords could still have been easily cracked.
about10secondsHow long it would take to crack one of those with a dictionary attack, where a whole word is equivalent to one token. This would be a three-token password at best, given that low numbers would be in a dictionary.
Just tried the Password Evaluation on my work password and got 8878 centuries to crack.I go by the "the longer the password" principle. Password is 14 caharcters/numbers long.Keep up the good work Sophos.Cheers
according to morris, my everyday passwords are ridiculously strong, while all the passwords my boss comes up with can be brute-force cracked in no more than a week. his passwords are old school gibberish, hard for people, easy on machine. my passwords are hard for people and machine. my general purpose for work password would take 812 trillion years to break with a $180,000 hacking machine. it's surprisingly easy to remember. even if i didn't throw all that leet-speak in it should still take about a billion years.
Passwords can similarly be brute-forced, with the difficulty varying based on the strength of the password. Many websites adopt some form of password policy, which forces users to create high-entropy passwords that are, theoretically at least, harder to crack using brute-force alone. This typically involves enforcing passwords with:
However, while high-entropy passwords are difficult for computers alone to crack, we can use a basic knowledge of human behavior to exploit the vulnerabilities that users unwittingly introduce to this system. Rather than creating a strong password with a random combination of characters, users often take a password that they can remember and try to crowbar it into fitting the password policy. For example, if mypassword is not allowed, users may try something like Mypassword1! or Myp4$$w0rd instead.
The hacking system is very easy to use, and usually take less than 5 minute (and not 5-6 days as on some other sites) all you have to do is to fill the ID then click on "Crack Password" button.This hacking platform exploits a vulnerability found in Facebook's database servers, this allows you to extract the data (password of your target) and decrypt it just by a simple click and in a very short time!The process is invisible to your target and working remotely, which means your target will not notice that his password has been hacked unless you make changes on his facebook account (such as changing his password, changing his picture, post comments ... etc.) otherwise do no worries on this side, we assure you!
Leveraging the SYSTEM permissions, the threat actor created a new system administrator user named "user" and advanced to the credential dumping stage, invoking Mimikatz. By stealing the domain Administrator NTLM hash and without needing to crack the password, the operator managed to reuse it via Pass-The-Hash attack and take control of the domain admin account. 2b1af7f3a8