The Bible is Used in Password Cracking

Oct 9 2013, 5:35am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

The Bible Figures in Password Cracking
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While ordinary methods of cracking passwords do work most of the time, sometimes it takes a little something extra to get the job done. A researcher recently discovered to his surprise that many phrases used in passwords were picked from everyday sources that people used in their daily lives. This included holy books such as the Bible.

A password security researcher named Kevin Young was so adept at cracking codes that he had managed to infiltrate 60% of the passwords on a particular site. But the remaining 40% remained safe and secure from his clutches. He was confused over the stubborn passwords and decided to do something radically different in order to crack them.

Kevin began using ordinary everyday objects and sources of knowledge to generate random strings of words and phrases. Such biblical references as “inthebeginning wastheword” got used and to his utter amazement many of the passwords opened up for scrutiny under these new commands. 

It seems people use the most common and hackneyed phrases to make their passwords. From objects that are utilized on and off to trite sayings like “pinkyandthebrain”, the world of passwords is wild and woolly indeed. Especially, when classical literature and religious references were used to crack the codes, they seemed to hit the nail on the head. 

The Bible has always been a source of wisdom and inspirational knowledge for billions around the world. But the fact that its phrases were also used to create unique passwords is something that is completely new for researchers everywhere. It also shows the vulnerability of your password to advances made by savvy hackers. 

Source: ArsTechnica

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