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Researcher Breaks Wi-Fi Passwords Using Cloud Computing Power

Jan 12, 2011, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart J. Johnston)

"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."

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