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Cloud Vendors Take Aim at Federal IT Needs in 'Shoot Out'

As the IT industry braces for the emerging cloud computing wave, no other sector is as well suited to operating in the cloud than the federal government. So said a group of cloud computing experts who extolled the benefits of cloud computing while inviting government IT managers to "jump in" and start piloting cloud computing projects.

How much time is needed to crack a password by brute-force?

How much time is needed to crack a password by brute-force? If the password cannot be guessed and is not found in a dictionary, the cracker has to try a brute-force attack. When brute-forcing, the time to crack the password depends on the amount of possible passwords that the cracker has to try. The amount of possible passwords increases with password length and with increasing diversity of characters being used (complexity). Let's take the scenario of a cracker trying 15 million passwords per second. This is currently the maximum speed being claimed by password cracker vendors.