Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331”

Ars Technica- Like Nate Anderson's foray into password cracking, radix was able to crack 4,900 of the passwords, nearly 30 percent of the haul, solely by using the RockYou list. He then took the same list, cut the last four characters off each of the words, and appended every possible four-digit number to the end. Hashcat told him it would take two hours to complete, which was longer than he wanted to spend. Even after terminating the run two after 20 minutes, he had cracked 2,136 more passcodes. radix then tried brute-forcing all numbers, starting with a single digit, then two digits, then three digits, and so on (259 additional plains recovered).

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fatstarr2150d ago

really cool and interesting stuff. passwords should be complicated and mixed case with random words thrown in for fun. max out your characters space

adorie2150d ago (Edited 2150d ago )

What do you think of a password like this one?

fatstarr2150d ago

it would be pretty solid under conventional means.

Speed-Racer2150d ago can put spaces in your passwords. "hello john" ...and that suddenly complicates the mix.

fatstarr2150d ago

most dont accept spaces, but underscores would work.

Trunkz Jr2150d ago

Just throw in a ! into your everyday password in any spot.

SilentNegotiator2149d ago (Edited 2149d ago )


Use whatever of these symbols that specified password takes and in many cases, you'll be much safer. Nothing will ever be perfectly safe, but you can always improve your chances. Hackers go after easier targets most of the time anyway; people with passwords like "12345" or "password"