passwords

Password lessons: Longer is better, so is salt

Infosec pros who had no idea of how easily a stolen list of hashed passwords could be cracked got a sobering lesson at this month’s SecTor security conference in Toronto. There, Will Hunt, co-founder of the U.K. based In.security consulting firm, casually talked of systems that can be built around a common (about $1,500) Nvidea …

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Forum cracks the vintage passwords of Ken Thompson and other Unix pioneers

Aurich Lawson / Getty As one of the original versions of Unix, BSD is an ancient operating system. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it used what are, by today’s standards, strange, even ridiculous security. For one, the hashing function protecting passwords, though state of the art 40 years ago, is now trivial …

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DoorDash hack spills loads of data for 4.9 million people

DoorDash A hack on food-delivery service DoorDash leaked the personal data of 4.9 million customers, delivery workers, and merchants, the company revealed on Thursday. The breach took place on May 4, but DoorDash officials didn’t learn of it until earlier this month when they noticed unusual activity involving an unnamed third-party service provider. That’s what …

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How a Nearly Forgotten (RIP) Physicist Shaped Your Internet Access

MIT announced that Fernando Corbato, a pioneer in computer security, has passed away aged 93. Corbato’s death, though it is sad news, provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of his work, and specifically on one of his revolutionary ideas: the password. Here’s how a nearly forgotten (RIP) physicist shaped your internet access. Paving …

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