Cracking passwords with the aid of keyboard sound

Posted on Sunday, September 18 2005 @ 11:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Slashdot reports about a scary report published by three students at UC-Berkley. They were able to recover 96 percent of characters typed during a session by using a 10 minute sound recording of a keyboard.

The students say their methods don't even require a training text in order to calibrate the conversion algorithm as has been used previously.

They further claim to be able to unveil 90 percent of 5-character random passwords using only letters in fewer than 20 attempts and 80 percent of 10-character passwords can be generated in fewer than 75 attempts.

More details at Slashdot.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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