Friday, January 31, 2014

OCR matching Unicode characters

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I wonder if somebody could do OCR matching of all Unicode 6.x characters against each other, with a threshold value to find characters that visually will look pretty much the same to "normal" people.

Purpose: to identify characters I could use to mock password crackers by telling them my password is ᖴᕀⅠ੨Ȝ੫ƼⅥ⑦Ȣ, but there's no way in hell you'll be able to crack it.
(No, don't ask me how I would remember how to type in my passwords.)

That's all.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

78K and counting!

So far, I have served out 78K+ minutes of viewing time from my YouTube account, through 19K+ views. I am really happy with that. :-)

With 88% males and 12% females watching, I can only speculate why red-headed women seem to have better (longer) passwords on average then men. 146 countries/territories have been watching, even from countries far away like Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Uganda and South Sudan.

While Windows is the most popular platform for viewing these videos, I'm a bit surprised to see Android in second position, well ahead of Mac, Linux & iOS. But hey, there are viewers out there using Nintendo Wii! :-)

So without further ado, here are the TOP 5 PasswordsCon Videos:

Number 5:

Advanced Password Cracking: Hashcat Techniques for the Last 20% 
Jens Steube (atom, author of Hashcat), Passwordscon in Las Vegas, July 30-31, 2013.

Number 4:

Energy-efficient bcrypt cracking
Katja Malvoni, PasswordsCon in Bergen, December 2013

Number 3:

Passwords^12 - Exploiting a SHA-1 weakness in password cracking 
Jens Steube (atom, author of Hashcat), Passwordscon in Oslo, December, 2012.

Number 2:

Password Cracking, From "abc123" to "thereisnofatebutwhatwemake" 
Joshua Dustin and Kevin Young, Passwordscon in Las Vegas, July 30-31, 2013.

Number 1:

Password Cracking HPC
Jeremi Gsoney, PasswordsCon in Bergen, December 2012.

Congrats Jeremi! :-)