How I Got Your Password – Part 1

In our last post we looked at the frighteningly short amount of time that it takes to crack a typical password.  Today we will look at all the different password cracking methods that a clever attacker can use to compromise your password, and how to defend against these attacks.

Password cracking

There are several types of automated password attacks that can be combined to make the process quicker, or to configure for a certain type of password attack.

  • Dictionary attack – This is ...
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Android Things Promises to Close IoT Security Holes

IoT or the Internet of Things has been to this point a seriously unsecured cluster-flop for the most part.  Millions of insecure devices are in our homes and businesses, and these devices may be eavesdropped, recording audio or video, performing a DDoS attack, or being leveraged as an easy access pivot point into your network for further exploitation

Thankfully, progress is being made in ...

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The Role of the IC3 in Cybercrime Prosecution

If your business has been the victim of a cybersecurity incident, data breach, or other cybercrime, you may have had to decide whether to keep the incident to yourself, or report the crime to the police.  If you carry cyber insurance, reporting the crime is a requirement to file an insurance claim.  So you called the police and filed a report,  You may have been discouraged by the lack of enthusiasm ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


FBI Releases IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report

05/07/2018 08:30 PM EDT  Original release date: May 07, 2018

FBI has released the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2017 Internet Crime Report, which highlights scams trending online. The top three crime types reported by victims in 2017 were non-payment/non-delivery, personal data breach, and ...

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How Secure Are Mobile Payment Apps Anyway?

The latest trend in the card payment universe are the mobile payment apps that let you use a smart watch or smartphone in place of a credit card.  Just how secure are these payment systems?  One of my regular readers, Eric Morley, owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts in Woodbury, MN, asked me that question via LinkedIn, and I thought it was a great idea for an article.  ...

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Credit Card Fraud Hit 33 Million Americans in 2017

If you were hit with credit card fraud this year, you are not alone.  15% of Americans surveyed by CompareCards, a LendingTree subsidiary, reported they had been victimized in 2017.  Fraud can happen without losing your card.  While card companies and banks are more alert to fraud than ever, cardholders are often the first to discover the fraudulent use of their card.

The two main types of card fraud ...

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Password Spraying is a New Type of Brute Force Attack

Password spraying is a new password exploit that is being used effectively against larger networks.  It’s become enough of a problem to merit an alert from US-CERT entitled TA18-086A: Brute Force Attacks Conducted by Cyber ActorsHere’s how it works.

Typically, in a traditional brute-force password attack, the password cracking software runs a long list of every possible password against a system.  In ...

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Advanced Website Security

Over the last couple of weeks we have been taking a deeper dive into website security.  If you have been using our articles to improve the security of your website, we are gratified.

Today we are adding some advanced security techniques to your defensive arsenal.  Many of these solutions are specific to WordPress websites, but there are some that apply more globally.  Some of these ideas may require some outside professional help ...

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