The Major Advances In Password Cracking In The Past Five Years

Ars Technica has a fascinating article that describes the latest techniques hackers are using to crack passwords. From the article:

A PC running a single AMD Radeon HD7970 GPU, for instance, can try on average an astounding 8.2 billion password combinations each second, depending on the algorithm used to scramble them. Only a decade ago, such speeds were possible only when using pricey supercomputers.

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