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Password Cracking Tips: A CrackTheCon Roundup

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt CrackTheCon, a password cracking contest run by CynoSurePrime, just finished. I competed as a Street team and I was really impressed. This was a well run contest, and I felt was very friendly to new and experienced password crackers alike. At least from a player's perspective, the infrastructure was rock solid, there was a great variety of challenges, and the difficulty level had a good gradient. Thanks to everyone who helped put this contest together! My computer setup for this challenge was limited. I performed all my cracking on one laptop with no GPU support. You read that right, I was rolling old school with a pure CPU cracking session. Because of that, my primary password cracking program was John the Ripper, which has a ton of features that I prefer when I can't just let HashCat burn through some GPUs. While my operating s