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Apr 28 2013   11:54PM GMT

“Memory Hard Problem” thwarts password cracking

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

In one of his famous “propeller head” episodes, Steve Gibson of Security Now! podcast fame describes an algorithm that thwarts even the most powerful super computers’ attempts at cracking passwords. Episode 388 [MP3] in January, 2013 describes an ingenious method of requiring huge amounts of memory for each hash function iteration, effectively crippling even the best tools that cyber-criminals can deploy.

The podcast is nicely summarized in this AskMisterWizard video:

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