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February 1st, 2010, 03:55 AM
Harnessing the Cloud for Hacking

Cloud password cracker is a sign of things to come.

By Robert Lemos
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Want to check if the password to your wireless network (or your neighbor's) passes muster? For $34, you can do just that by using a password-cracking service that's primarily aimed at "penetration testers"--people who are paid by a company to test its network's security.

The service, known as WPA Cracker, is one of the first hacking services to rely on cloud computing. WPA Cracker went live on Monday--it uses pay-as-you go cloud computing resources to search for an encrypted WiFi Protected Access (WPA) password from 135 million different possibilities, says creator and hacker Moxie Marlinspike. Normally the task would take a single computer about five days, but WPA Cracker uses a cluster of 400 virtual computers and high-performance computing techniques. It takes only 20 minutes, he says...