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[ISN] Moxie Marlinspike's CloudCracker Aims For Speedier, Cheaper Password Cracking
By Andy Greenberg
A little over two years ago, well-known hacker and security researcher
Moxie Marlinspike launched an online service that, for a fee of $17,
could crack most wifi networksâ password in less than hour. Apparently
that wasnât fast enough.
On Tuesday, Marlinspike launched CloudCracker, an upgrade to the
Web-based penetration testing service he formerly called WPACracker,
with a major upgrade to the speed and versatility of that
password-breaking service. For $17, CloudCracker can now break into a
standard WPA-PSK wireless networks by burning through dictionaries of
possible passwords at about twice the speed of WPACracker, exhausting
600 million words in one hour instead of 260 million in the previous
For networks with especially obscure passwords, the tool can now use
dictionaries as big as 4.8 billion words in the same amount of time for
the price of $136. And instead of only focusing on cracking wifi
networks, the tool can now break passwords protected by Microsoftâs
Windows LAN Manager and NT LAN Manager hashing systems too, for a price
of fifty cents for every password. Marlinspike says he hopes to add more
password formats in the future.
âWeâre really trying to push the envelope in terms of password
cracking,â says Marlinspike, a well known security researcher who now
works for Twitter but built CloudCracker as an independent project.
âBasically you get more dictionaries for your dollar, about twice the
cracking power for the same price.â
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