Friday, 12 March 2010

The fastest way to crack a password

Swiss security firm Objectif Sécurité has made its ultra-fast Windows XP password cracking technology available for free on its website. OS has optimised its password cracking technology to benefit from the high speed of solid-state drives (SSDs). This, according to a report on The Heise Security, has resulted in successful cracking one hundred times faster than using its unoptimised system.

A 14-character Windows XP password can be cracked in just over five seconds.

Objectif Sécurité's Philippe Oechslin claimed that this performance is 500 times faster than using Elcomsoft's brute-forcing software, which in turn has an interesting take on using PC hardware to improve its performance - it can benefit from the processing power of Nvidia graphics chips.