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Old 04-23-10, 03:37 PM   #18
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Default Re: Any Ethical Hackers?

Originally Posted by snowmanwithahat View Post
Also... for those of you wondering about bruteforcing, atleast in the case of WPA, it's not possible.

lets look at the min character length password for example.

96 possible characters (upper, lower, special, numeric, space)
8 character length

that's 96^8 combinations.... or 7213895789838336 possibilities

Now assume my system.... it pushes through WPA passphrases at about 16,000 keys/sec... that means it'd only take 450868486864.896 seconds.... or 14,296.95 years.... So for the avergae user bruteforcing isn't an option, and picking a password that you wouldn't commonly find in a dictionary or intelligent wordlist is a huge help in securing your data.
For now this is true. If and when they make better use of GPGPU technology brute force hacking is going to be a totally different game


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