80-90% of passwords can cracked in seconds: The consulting firm’s Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2013 reportcovers a range of technology predictions, including the outlook for subscription TV services and 4K televisions, but the vulnerabilities in today’s password practices top the list of things to consider in 2013.
80-90% of passwords can cracked in seconds
The problem, researchers said, is that everything that we thought to be true must be reconsidered given advances in technology.
“Passwords containing at least eight characters, one number, mixed-case letters and non-alphanumeric symbols.
Duncan Stewart said, a director of research for the report. “But these can be easily cracked with the emergence of advance hardware and software.”
For instance, a machine running readily available virtualization software and high-powered graphics processing units can crack any eight-character password in about five hours, he noted.
80-90% of passwords can cracked
But as ever, human behavior gets in the way when it comes to being safe.
Specifically, the inability to remember multiple unique 24-character password strings.
The limitations of most humans’ ability to remember complex credentials means that there is a tendency for password re-use.
Once a hacker has a password, he or she can potentially have the keys based on most consumers’ behavior.
“Moving to longer passwords or to truly random passwords is unlikely to work, since people just won’t use them,” Stewart said.
Multifactor authentication using tokens, cellphones, credit cards and more are likely solutions.
That means that having additional passwords sent through SMS to a phone.
A requirement for fingerprints and other biometrics, or even ‘tap and go’ credit cards may be the norm in the future, he concluded.