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Submission + - Cisco Type 4 passwords have no salt (cisco.com)

TheLink writes: Cisco's Type 4 password algorithm does not use PBKDF2 and does not use a salt, but instead performs a single iteration of SHA-256 over the user-provided plaintext password. This approach causes a Type 4 password to be less resilient to brute-force attacks than a Type 5 password of equivalent complexity.

Submission + - Water pump hack attack 'false alarm' linked to hol (bbc.co.uk)

TheLink writes: Reports that foreigners hacked into the US water system and destroyed a pump have been dismissed as a false alarm.

A water district contractor, Jim Mimlitz, has said he logged into the Illinois utility's control system while on holiday in Russia in June.

Submission + - Evidence for Psychic Phenomena? (psychologytoday.com)

anonymous writes: The results of the study showed that the students were better at recalling the words on the surprise recall test that they were later given, at random, to practice. According to Bem, practicing the words after the test somehow allowed the participants to "reach back in time to facilitate recall."

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