German hacker uses rented computing to crack hashing algorithm
Brute force PAYG hack attack cracks SHA1 hashes – for $2
A German security enthusiast has used rented computing resources to crack a secure hashing algorithm (SHA-1) password.
Thomas Roth used a GPU-based rentable computer resource to run a brute force attack to crack SHA1 hashes. Encryption experts warned for at least five years SHA-1 could no longer be considered secure so what's noteworthy about Roth's project is not what he did or the approach he used, which was essentially based on trying every possible combination until he found a hit, but the technology he used.
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