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FSU technology cracks, fixes passwords

Inside the E-Crime Investigative Technologies Laboratory at Florida State University, researchers are focused on one mission — to develop the most sophisticated software possible to crack passwords. “We rely on passwords for many activities – online shopping, banking, and storing medical information,” said Sudhir Aggarwal, a professor in the FSU Department of Computer Science. “With credit card and social security numbers at risk, a stronger technology is needed to ensure we are creating passwords that will actually protect our information.” Aggarwal has long been focused on this issue of password cracking and other computer security issues during his tenure at Florida State. He has published extensively in academic journals on using probability to develop a context-free, grammar-based password cracking system.”

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