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The theory of password hashing is that the whole problem is an arms race between attacker and defender. The password hashing function (bcrypt, scrypt...) is made deliberately slow, as much as the defender can tolerate on his hardware. We assume that the attacker can buy the same kind of hardware as the defender, so he can always be at least as efficient as ...


You question is strange. ASICs affecting security? No, they are not. On the other hand, ASICs will create an enormous advantage for those using them. That's why CPU/GPU Bitcoin mining is unprofitable today, as the ASICs have way more performance and uses less power. ASICs are relatively cheap, draws less power, are pretty fast, but they generally don't ...

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