The Lazy Genius

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Plasma TV components applied to password cracking

Posted by Xavier Ashe on May 1, 2008

Forget networked PCs or even PlayStation 3s, components commonly
found in plasma TVs are the latest thing in password cracking tools.

High performance FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chips are the
Chuck Norris of number crunching, equally suited to image processing
and (with a bit of modification) password cracking.

document.write('\x3Cscript src=”;cta='+cta+';ctb='+ctb+';ctc='+ctc+';sc='+sc+';cid='+cid+';'+RegExCats+GetVCs()+'pid='+RegId+RegDT+';'+RegKW+'maid='+maid+';test='+test+';pf='+RegPF+';dcove=d;sz=336×280;tile=3;ord=' + rand + '?” type=”text/javascript”>\x3C\/script>');

During the Black Hat conference in Washington in February researcher
Dan Mueller used FPGA kit in an attack that cracks standard GSM
transmissions, encrypted using the A5/1 algorithm, in as little as 30

The same technology can be applied to crack Bluetooth transmissions
in as little as eight seconds, according to security consultancy
SecureTest, which ran a demo of the technology at the recent Infosec

Read the full article on The Register.


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