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Fsu Technology Cracks, Fixes Passwords

An attempt to boost cybersecurity by trying to crack it.

Florida State University researchers have developed software that evaluates the strength of a password by the number of attempts it takes to break it.

Credit: Florida State University News

Researchers at Florida State University (FSU) have developed new software that evaluates password strength by trying to break it.

The system takes a proposed password and generates guesses in the highest probability order. The more guesses it takes, the longer it takes an attacker to crack the password.

The researchers say a strong password should be easy to remember and difficult to crack.

"If our system can successfully crack a password, it will propose a password similar to the one submitted but with slight format variations, making it easier to remember," says FSU professor Sudhir Aggarwal.

The researchers say the technology can provide support in a range of fields, especially for law enforcement attempting to crack encrypted files or hard drives.

"Our program uses a more precise mathematical background compared to other applications, providing a more efficient process by generating password structures in highest probability order," Aggarwal notes.

From Florida State University News
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