A couple of months ago, our very own Jason Ede wrote a great article on password security and just how easy it is for hackers to gain access to personal information. By gaining access to hash databases and using software such as popular hacking tool “Hashcat”, it becomes a matter of time before hundreds of passwords are decoded. A new modification to the popular software has vastly improved its cracking capabilities, leaving a lot of people vulnerable to attack.
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Recently there has been a lot of publicity given to hashcat and password cracking. The reason for this is that due to its speed, hashcat can pose a major threat. Combine its quickness with a couple of decent graphics cards and the right set of wordlists/rules it can produce significant results in a matter of seconds.