With LinkedIn: The Bell Tolls For Simple Password Hashing

This week’s revelations about leaks of user passwords from the professional networking site LinkedIn, dating Web site and music site suggest that even tech-savvy firms are slow to accept that hashes -a once-reliable technology for storing data online – now offer scant protection for sensitive data.

Firm Claims To Break Blackberry Device Password

Research in Motion’s phones are considered the premiere maker of enterprise-grade mobile devices. But now a Russian firm says that a forensics tool it developed can reliably crack strong passwords used to secure the company’s BlackBerry phones.

A German security researcher who used a new kind of hosted offering on Amazon’s EC2 to decipher password data encrypted using the SHA1 algorithm said that cloud computing is likely to upset long held assumptions about security: putting the tools required to crack encrypted passwords and data into the hands of the masses.

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