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Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked

-tim
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Not all special characters worked 40 years ago

The tty drivers for the serial port would default to @ and # as line delete and backspace so foo@ was an empty password and 123#456 was the same as just 456.

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