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Russian crackers throw GPU power at passwords
« on: July 28, 2008, 05:22:39 pm »
Russian-based cracking "password recovery" company Elcomsoft hasn't really been in the news since 2003, when Adobe helped make "Free Dmitry" the new "Free Kevin" by having one of the company's programmers, Dmitry Sklyarov, arrested for cracking its eBook Reader software. But Elcomsoft has remedied the lack of press attention this week with its announcement that it has pressed the GPU into the service of password cracking.

With NVIDIA and AMD/ATI working overtime to raise the GPU's profile as a math coprocessor for computationally intensive, data-parallel computing problems, it was inevitable that someone would make an announcement that they had succeeded in using the GPU to speed up the password-cracking process.

I think it's a pretty cool idea using your graphics card as well as your CPU to crack a password :D

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Re: Russian crackers throw GPU power at passwords
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 06:37:51 pm »
That's very interesting. It just shows the things to come. I read somewhere that SETI@home and similar projects will be using GPU power very soon and that the combined GPU processing power of all computers in the whole world will be many times higher than that of the CPUs right now.
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