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