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Submission + - Using Google to crack MD5 passwords. (lightbluetouchpaper.org) 2

stern writes: "A security researcher at Cambridge, trying to figure out the password used by somebody who had hacked his website, ran a dictionary through the encryption hash function. No dice. Then he pasted the hacker's encrypted password into Google, and Shazzam — the all-knowing Google delivered his answer. Conclusion? Use no password any other human being is ever likely to use for any purpose, I think."
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Using Google to crack MD5 passwords.

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  • Wordpress stores raw MD5 hashes in the user database (despite my recommendation to use salting).
    This is not an issue if the database uses salting in the passwords.

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