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Brute Force Hacking – on the black market, 120 million passwords costs $5


Crackers can buy 120 million passwords for $5 (that’s £3) on the black market.

If your password is not in those 120 million passwords, Brute force hackers can crack passwords at over 8 Billion passwords per second.

Fraud insurance – UK banks

  •  If your mobile is stolen from 2013,  you must pay all debts committed by the criminals, if the mobile has no password.
  • UK banks have announced that if  any device has an “easy to guess” password, a reused password, or none at all, they will not insure  you.
  • What they are saying is that you have no protection for fraud – if they can argue in court that you were negligent.
  • Santander is the first bank to bring this in, but the other banks are expected to follow shortly after.

So make setting passwords your New Years Resolution.

What the average person will do (what the banks will use to deny an insurance claim)

1. Use the same  6 or 7 passwords – across all accounts on the Internet.

2. Will keep recycling those same passwords – unless forced to reset them

3. Start a password with a Capital Letter

4. Replace the letter e with the number 3.  Or replace the letter o with a zero, or replace a letter s with a number 5.  Most dictionary’s will scan for these changes.

5. End the password with a number

6. Any good hacking dictionary will contain Star Trek characters, Star Wars characters… Superman.  Regional dictionaries exist too, eg you might try to use German words, thinking that would keep you safe from an English cracker.

Top 10,000 password list = 98.8% of all passwords

Even worse, 98.8% of all passwords will be in a Top 10,000 passwords list – Knowing that fact alone, you can see why the banks have decided to stop insurance.

Ensure you’re protected against fraud

1. Put a unique password on your mobile.

2. Don’t use this password on any other account.

3. Make sure this password is a long password or pass-phrase (aim for 9 or more characters, 14 characters is good).

4. Don’t put your year of birth, or birthday into the password.

5. Don’t make it a name of a relative on your Facebook account (eg your daughters name).

6. Don’t reset your bank Pin to your year of birth.  Keep it set to the default pin issued by the bank, as this is a random number.  This stops them arguing in court, that you changed the PIN to an easy to guess PIN.

Money is tight, and the banks are broke.

Take care my friends.

BRUTE FORCE HACKING – Brute force Calculator – A Visual Guide


  1. Miles Carbine permalink

    Hi Uwnthesis… Check this out!

    Assange to RT: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says all the necessary physical infrastructure for absolute totalitarianism through the internet is ready. He told RT that the question now is whether the turnkey process that already started will go all the way.

    to read more

    you should think about making a forum page where we can post news articles and comment on them and also we could start conversations about internet privacy. Because I have a million questions hehe

    Be Blessed and Keep Being a Blessing
    Miles Carbine
    Wild Wild West, Arizona, USA


    • Hi Miles,

      Great idea! I love all the latest news, and am writing a paper for a law society. The goal is to be a bridge between lawyers and Infosec… Wish me luck. I’m scared.


  2. Miles Carbine permalink

    I wish you LUCK, Uwnthesis!!! You will have to share your letter when finished if you can.

    Check this out…

    Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here’s how
    By Baron Riccaro Baretzy – SACIA

    WORLD NEWS TOMORROW- Summary: “Petraeus-gate,” some U.S. pundits are calling it. How significant is it that even the head of the CIA can have his emails read by an albeit friendly domestic intelligence agency, which can lead to his resignation and global, and very public humiliation? Here’s how.
    to read more

    and this one…

    CIA Trolls Infect the Net
    CIA-Sponsored Trolls Monitor Internet & Interact With Users to Discredit Factual Information
    by Susanne Posel – Occupy Corporatism

    In July of this year it became apparent through a flood of mainstream media reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) was “desperate to hire new hacking talent to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure” yet the NSA is notorious for its surveillance programs on American digital activity.

    to read more

    and this one…

    Issa Bill Could Give Short Reprieve from Draconian Controls Over the Web

    Susanne Posel
    Occupy Corporatism
    December 1, 2012

    Darrell Issa, member of the House of Representatives, has proposed legislation entitled the Internet American Moratorium Act of 2012 (IAMA) which would create “create a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet” and essentially give a short reprieve from draconian regulations over the Web.

    to read more

    Miles Carbine


    • Hi Miles,

      Thank you for this. 🙂
      Veterans today link is generating hits on the blog. Gulps.

      I was surprised that Veterans would be interested in security and privacy… but after General Petraeus, I guess they are.

      Privacy saves lives, especially you’re using Gmail. I can imagine my conversations with General Petraeus over using Google products..

      1. Don’t use the Google search engine. Why? Google stores all your searches and resells them. So if you want the tax inspector to know your searches….
      2. Don’t use any Gmail, Yahoomail etc.. as they wiretap the contents and make them available to law enforcement (see the EPIC case against them). Your council, tax man, benefits agency, police all have access to this. Use rotating hushmail accounts – then stop using them after a week. Hushmail deactivate the accounts after 3 weeks, and delete it after 1 year.

      Startpage are going to offer an email service in 2013.

      Maybe General Petraeus, should have waited. 🙂


      • Miles Carbine permalink

        Yes, we all care about internet security, but no one really know how to get around it. I am learning from you!!!

        Did you notice how one of the commenters on that article mentioned your blog here and VPNBOOK? It’s getting around.

        Here is another article just out…

        U.S. To Start Internet Storm of Dissent As Direct Consequence of Blatant Spying
        Europeans unhappy with U.S. snooping on their internet activity under the guise of protecting its citizens!

        Storm of Dissent to Hit U.S. and Deservedly So…

        Uwnthesis… When are you going to put up a forum page. That would be awesome! Old Buddy, Old Pal hehe

        Miles Carbine


      • Hi Miles,
        I’d love to, but not sure with this template if I can add a forum. I’ve seen other templates that do provide forums, so I could change… however (a giant “but”).

        I’m writing a dissertation at the moment, so can’t afford to lose all the data links. I promise, if there’s an easy way to add a forum, that I will 🙂


      • Glad you’re learning from me.
        If you’ve any questions, just ask, as that might provide me with another angle. The response of Australians to putting passwords on their home routers, lead to me working on VPN’s. The Aussie govt wants indefinite data retention, ie they will store every website you’ve ever browsed – in your entire life.
        Of course, this is causing a backlash… and so the VPN articles started – as a way around the Australian governments proposals.

        So you never know where a comment may take us.:~)


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