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comment Did US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet?
How would an implementation difference make them inoperable? I think what this.josh is implying is not that they produce different results, but perhaps one has an insecurity in the PROCESS, not in the RESULT.
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comment Changing picture as characters entered into password
It's been my impression that these visual hashing schemes aren't intended to inform the user AS THEY TYPE, but AFTER they've FINISHED typing, such that they can know before they hit Enter whether they've messed up their password or not. I actually use Lotus at work for email, and I don't even look at the pattern while I type. But if I finish typing my password and I don't see a purple keychain, I know already that I have to start over (without having to hit Enter, get a "failure prompt, and THEN know that I messed up)
Aug
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comment An attempt to overcome the key distribution problem inherent in one time pad cryptography
HAC looks like a good read. I see that it was written in 1996 - does that mean it is "old" in the sense that some of it will be out of date? If I read it, will what I learn be out of date? Or does this stuff in general develop slowly enough that it's still relevant?
Nov
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accepted VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?
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comment VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?
This doesn't address the actual questions in the OP, though. :-(
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comment VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?
@Blrfl: Maybe. To be fair to him, though, this was in the context of a regular newsletter that he sends anyway, so maybe it was less of a "finger-wagging" and more of, "Gee, I forgot to come up with something for the newsletter." :-)
Nov
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comment VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?
@D.W. : Maybe I have misconstrued my stance on this. I'm not "worked up" over it. My initial email to him was out of honest, genuine curiosity. I regret that I only took one crypto class in school, since it truly fascinates me. I was just blown away that he claimed to have cracked "100%" of them; When he reaffirmed via email reply that, 'Yes, it was indeed 100% of them', I wasn't "interpreting statements in an overly-precise way" - that's what he really said (and confirmed!). It's not that "someone is wrong on the Internet" - I honestly wondered if it was plausible, so I took it to SE.com
Nov
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comment VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?
@Blrfl: Just to be clear, he didn't claim that 100% of the passwords were weak, he claimed that many of them were weak after he cracked "100%" of them to check their security.
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comment VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?
@ThomasPornin: No, he didn't reply to my second email. I see 3 possibilities: (1) He has the answer, but since he's a VP, I was lucky to have received the FIRST reply, let alone expect a second, (2) I called his bluff and he doesn't want to let on by replying without the answer, or (3) he went and rented several Amazon EC2 instances and is furiously running ONLY MY password hash through his tools so he doesn't have to admit he lied. :-)
Nov
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comment VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?
Note that I emailed him about it, and he replied insisting that he had indeed cracked "all" of them. This very claim is what makes me wonder if it's a dubious claim.