Researcher Breaks Wi-Fi Passwords Using Cloud Computing Power
Jan 12, 2011, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart J. Johnston)
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"According to a press report, a German security specialist plans
to give attendees at a hackers convention next week code that they
can run on high-performance cloud computer systems to help them
break passwords on seemingly secure, low-cost wireless networks
– Wi-Fi, for instance.
"As much as anything else, however, it's a demonstration of how
much computing power is becoming available to larger numbers of
people as a service for a fraction of what it costs to buy and
maintain a supercomputer.
"According to a report in Reuters, Thomas Roth, a security
consultant in Cologne, used high-performance capabilities in
Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service to
"brute force" breaking passwords on wireless networks."