Reply to post: 20 billion guesses per second

It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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20 billion guesses per second

Fun fact: the speed the researchers' cracking rig clearly demonstrates 8-character passwords are now complete rubbish. Assuming the attacker sporting such a rig has already managed to get their hands on a password database, which as some of the previous commentards already remarked is not a fat-fetched scenario (and if you think cracking passwords on a system from which you have already swiped the password database is pointless, consider many people re-use their passwords on different systems), even a truly random string of 8 ASCII upper- and lowercase letters, digits, and common special characters (couldn't be bothered to actually count the latter so I guesstimated the total number of available characters as 70) will be cracked in no more than 8 hours... Of course in all likelihood I am preaching to the choir here.

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