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Complex Password Cracking About to Get Faster

The prevailing wisdom is that longer, more complex passwords and passphrases are more difficult to crack and are more secure for users. While complex passwords and passphrases are still a better approach than simple words and short passwords, new technology out this week will now make it faster to crack longer, complex passwords.

The oclHashcat-plus v.0.15 release now provides security researchers with the ability to crack passwords that are longer than 15 characters. According to the release notes, the new maximum length for password cracking is 55 characters.

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Complex Password Cracking About to Get Faster

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.