HelpDesk & Asset Management Software - Top Questions to Ask Before You Buy

Written by Natarajan Aravind

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Crack The Code - That's A Direct Challenge

Written by Darren Miller

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Crack The Code - That's A Direct Challenge



Crack The Code - That's A Direct Challenge

I Challenge You To Crack The Code


I had quite an interesting experience recently. I was hired by a company to perform a vulnerability assessment and penetration test on their network. Duringrepparttar 139628 initial meeting, one ofrepparttar 139629 key technical staff presented me with a challenge; He handed overrepparttar 139630 NTLM hash ofrepparttar 139631 domain Administrator account and challenged me to decipher it. He explained thatrepparttar 139632 complexity and length ofrepparttar 139633 password would prevent me from deciphering it duringrepparttar 139634 time allotted forrepparttar 139635 project. He was actually quite confident in my impending failure.

In most cases, this individual would have been right onrepparttar 139636 mark. Onrepparttar 139637 other hand, I'm not sure he expected to challenge someone who has close associates with discretionary time on some ofrepparttar 139638 most powerful computers inrepparttar 139639 world.

6 Hours, 2 Servers, 64GB of Memory, and 32 Processors Later and.....


It took just under six hours to decipherrepparttar 139640 password. Of course, my 'associates' were using a program of my choice on servers with 32 processors and 64GB of RAM a piece. It's nice to have friends with access like this. Especially in my line of work. Needless to say, my client was shocked when I called himrepparttar 139641 next day and gave him repparttar 139642 password.

Let's Have Some Fun: A Challenge For You


(In order for you to do this, you need to go to: CrackTheCode-ThatsADirectChallenge.htm)

Shortly after this experience, I started thinking about writing an article about it. Then I thought to myself, why write just an article? Why not come up with a challenge for our readers?

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