It’s not the first time someone has pulled this off, back in November 2009 we wrote about Using Cloud Computing To Crack Passwords – Amazon’s EC2. Add that with a story way back from 2007 – Graphics Cards – The Next Big Thing for Password Cracking? – and you’ve got yourself an interesting combo with […]
The Latest Password Cracking
Password cracking and the associated password cracker tools are often the area of information security and hacking that people get most excited about, oh wow I can hack email passwords? We get emails pretty much every day asking how to crack someone’s Facebook password, or ‘retrieve’ website credentials etc.
What is Password Cracking?
As commonly defined:
In cryptanalysis and computer security, password cracking is the process of recovering passwords from data that have been stored in or transmitted by a computer system. A common approach (brute-force attack) is to try guesses repeatedly for the password and check them against an available cryptographic hash of the password.
The purpose of password cracking might be to help a user recover a forgotten password (installing an entirely new password is less of a security risk, but it involves System Administration privileges), to gain unauthorized access to a system, or as a preventive measure by system administrators to check for easily crackable passwords. On a file-by-file basis, password cracking is utilized to gain access to digital evidence for which a judge has allowed access but the particular file’s access is restricted.
The Best Password Cracker Software
We have covered many of the most famous, some great examples are:
– Brutus Password Cracker – Download brutus-aet2.zip AET2
– THC-Hydra – The Fast and Flexible Network Login Hacking Tool
– Download pwdump 1.4.2 and fgdump 1.3.4 – Windows Password Dumping
– Cain & Abel – Download the Super Fast and Flexible Password Cracker with Network Sniffing
– JTR (Password Cracking) – John the Ripper 1.7 Released – FINALLY
– Ophcrack 2.2 Password Cracker Released
– hashcat – Multi-Threaded Password Hash Cracking Tool
– Medusa 2.0 Released – Parallel Network Login Brute Forcing Tool
And we have also published some related resources such as:
Find the Best Password Cracking from 2017 here:
The Cryptohaze Multiforcer is a high performance multihash brute forcer with support for per-position character sets, and very good performance scaling when dealing with large hash lists. As an example, on a list of 10 hashes, the Cryptohaze Multiforcer achieves 390M steps per second on a GTX260/216SP@1.24ghz card. On a list of 1.4 million hashes […]
Crunch is a wordlist generator where you can specify a standard character set or a character set you specify. crunch can generate all possible combinations and permutations. Some other options are: The Associative Word List Generator (AWLG) – Wordlists for Password Cracking CeWL – Custom Word List Generator Tool for Password Cracking RSMangler – Keyword […]
Windows Credentials Editor (WCE) allows to list logon sessions and add, change, list and delete associated credentials (ex.: LM/NT hashes). This can be used, for example, to perform pass-the-hash on Windows and also obtain NT/LM hashes from memory (from interactive logons, services, remote desktop connections, etc.) which can be used in further attacks. Supported Platforms […]
The number one biggest security hole is passwords, as every password security study shows. Hydra is a parallelized (multi-threaded) login cracker which supports attacking/cracking numerous protocols. New modules are easy to add, beside that, it is flexible and very fast. We haven’t mentioned Hydra since way back in 2007 – THC-Hydra – The Fast and […]
A while back we had Wyd – Automated Password Profiling Tool but the guys at remote-exploit seem to have superseded this with CUPP. There are other similar options too – The Associative Word List Generator (AWLG) and also RSMangler – Keyword Based Wordlist Generator For Bruteforcing. People spend a lot of time preparing for effective […]