IN THIS CHAPTER
Identifying password vulnerabilities
Examining password-hacking tools and techniques
Hacking operating system passwords
Hacking password-protected files
Protecting your systems from password hacking
Password hacking is one of the easiest and most common ways that attackers obtain unauthorized network, computer, or application access. You often hear about it in the headlines, and study after study, such as the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, reaffirms that weak passwords are at the root of many security problems. I have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I’m still talking about (and businesses are suffering from) weak passwords, but that fact is a reality. As an information security testing professional, you can certainly do your part to minimize the risks.
Although strong passwords — ideally, longer, stronger passphrases, which are difficult to crack (or guess) — are easy to create and maintain, network administrators ...