Cyber Crime


Education Level: Intermediate

6416 - Wonderful World of P455w0rd Cr4ck1n6

Wednesday, September 27
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Serious password cracking power is now much more affordable and within reach of adversaries. Complex password policies have been developed in an attempt to ensure passwords are harder to crack, but do they really address the issue?

In this presentation, we will explore current techniques behind storing password hashes, as well as how cracking these passwords may be possible on consumer hardware or even a cheap cloud server with access to a GPU.

We will discuss different attack methods and detail the budget an attacker would require to access the required hardware – often much cheaper than you think! The presentation will include a live password cracking demo and a discussion on more attack-resistant password storage methods.

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John Gerardos

Security Consultant

John Gerardos is a security consultant with more than 10 years’ experience making, breaking and fixing stuff. John can usually be found researching the latest security topics, tinkering with random objects or roaming around security conferences. As well as his day job, John actively participates within the information security community. He regularly attends security conferences, runs several security training sessions and workshops, and has led a university’s information security student group for three years. John holds a B.S. in Computer Science and has commenced the Master's of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance) at RMIT University. This is supplemented by Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) training, as well as IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification.


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