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Passwords Are Closer to Being Dead

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As reported by Dan Goodin on Ars Technica, Jeremi Gosney, the founder and CEO of Stricture Consulting Group has just unveiled a five server system that is capable of brute force cracking any strong eight character password in about five and a half hours. This is four times faster than previous capabilities.

The cluster of servers run Linux and running the Virtual OpenCL cluster platform and a password cracking suite that can be used by anyone free of charge.

This technology cannot be used to crack online passwords, most sites have protection against large amounts of failed logins. But it can be used on what is called offline cracks. Although there is no way to make your passwords 100% uncrackable, it is a good idea to be sure that your passwords are never less than nine characters in length and utilize capitalization and special characters so that they are strong passwords.

To read the entire article on this powerful cluster server click here.

How Did I Get a Computer Virus?

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This question has been iterated more times than I can recall over the years from computer users.  The candid answer is simple.  By using your computer you, the computer operator, allowed the virus in.  Beyond the firewalls and antivirus software the best and last line of defense against a virus is you, the computer operator….

Yahoo Pays Big to Bug Hunters

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TechCrunch has just reported that Yahoo has paid bug hunters $700,000 in rewards during the Bug Bounty Program’s first year. The program is a reaction to the security community’s complaints that the company was taking advantage of researchers by paying them a mere $12.50 in company vouchers for finding weaknesses in Yahoo’s products. In an attempt…

Uncertainty Just Before iPhone 6 Release

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The theft of high profile celebrity selfies coupled with a feeling that Apple has become stagnant in the area of innovation has investers nervous just before the release of the iPhone 6. Apple has been taking steps to beef up the security of its iCloud service but confidence is still wobbly.   You can read…

Password Management

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Keeping Your Accounts Secure It seems that each new week brings another alert about hackers stealing account information and a warning to change your passwords. Having a strong password is not enough, criminals can get to your account through weaknesses that are outside of your control. Constantly changing passwords makes managing those passwords challenging. There…

Scaling Back Windows 8

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TechCrunch has a great article on the direction of the next Windows operating system. It appears that the mobile emphasis of Windows 8 will be more balanced in the next operating system offering. The result is the same app-store and live tiles, but with a more Windows 7 like desktop experience.   Read  the TechCrunch article…

Microsoft.com 20 Years Ago

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For throw back Thursday, the Microsoft blog The Fire Hose has posted some great old school screen shots of Microsoft.com over the past 20 years. Check these screenshots out here.

More Than 1 Billion Passwords Stolen

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The Washington Post reports that Russian hackers have stolen more than 1 billion (with a ‘b’) passwords. This breach was made by the group dubbed CyberVor and was discovered by Hold Security of Milwaukee. Some of the passwords have been sold and others have been used to disseminate spam. Users are advised to change their passwords….

A Major Blow to the CryptoLocker Ransomware

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FOX-IT and FireEye have partnered together and have been able to recover the private keys used in the CryptoLocker encryption which locks users out of their own files. They have also been able to reverse engineer the devastating ransomware. As a result of their efforts infected users can go to their website, upload an encrypted…

Is Your Car Vulnerable to Attacks?

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As we pack cars with a growing level of tech, such perks and features could leave your car vulnerable to hackers and the results could be extremely serious. As CNN reported, researchers have demonstrated that cars can have brakes disabled or even have the steering wheel commandeered. These tests however were done with the hacker sitting…