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What is Password Cracking?

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In cryptanalysis and computer security, password cracking is the process of recovering passwords from data that have been stored in or transmitted by a computer system.

Password cracking is one of the most interesting hacks for the hackers. It feeds their sense of exploration and desire to figure out a problem. You might not have a burning desire to explore everyone’s passwords, but it helps to approach password cracking with this mindset. So where should you start hacking the passwords on your systems? Generally, any user’s password works. After you obtain one password, you can often obtain others, including administrator or root passwords.

Administrator passwords are very important. With unauthorized administrative access, attacker or a criminal hacker can do virtually anything on the system.

The process of trying to guess or crack passwords to gain access to an operating system or network. Hackers or crackers will usually use a variety of tools, scripts, or software to crack a system password. The goal of the hacker is to ideally get the password for root (UNIX) or system and administrator (Windows, NT). Password cracks work by comparing every encrypted dictionary word against the records in system password file until a match is found.

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