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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

December 5th, 2012 12:19 admin View Comments

Encryption

chicksdaddy writes “A presentation at the Passwords^12 Conference in Oslo, Norway (slides), has moved the goalposts on password cracking yet again. Speaking on Monday, researcher Jeremi Gosney (a.k.a epixoip) demonstrated a rig that leveraged the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) framework and a technology known as Virtual Open Cluster (VCL) to run the HashCat password cracking program across a cluster of five, 4U servers equipped with 25 AMD Radeon GPUs communicating at 10 Gbps and 20 Gbps over Infiniband switched fabric. Gosney’s system elevates password cracking to the next level, and effectively renders even the strongest passwords protected with weaker encryption algorithms, like Microsoft’s LM and NTLM, obsolete. In a test, the researcher’s system was able to generate 348 billion NTLM password hash checks per second. That renders even the most secure password vulnerable to compute-intensive brute force and wordlist (or dictionary) attacks. A 14 character Windows XP password hashed using LM for example, would fall in just six minutes, said Per Thorsheim, organizer of the Passwords^12 Conference. For some context: In June, Poul-Henning Kamp, creator of the md5crypt() function used by FreeBSD and other, Linux-based operating systems, was forced to acknowledge that the hashing function is no longer suitable for production use — a victim of GPU-powered systems that could perform ‘close to 1 million checks per second on COTS (commercial off the shelf) GPU hardware,’ he wrote. Gosney’s cluster cranks out more than 77 million brute force attempts per second against MD5crypt.”

Source: New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

Internet Freedom Won’t Be Controlled, Says UN Telcom Chief

December 3rd, 2012 12:45 admin View Comments

Censorship

wiredmikey writes “The head of the UN telecommunications body, Hamadoun Toure, told an audience at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai on Monday that Internet freedom will not be curbed or controlled. ‘Nothing can stop the freedom of expression in the world today, and nothing in this conference will be about it,’ he said. Such claims are ‘completely (unfounded),’ Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union, told AFP. ‘We must continue to work together and find a consensus on how to most effectively keep cyberspace open, accessible, affordable and secure,’ UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said. Google has been vocal in warning of serious repercussions, saying that ‘Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech — or even cut off Internet access,’ noted Google’s Vint Cerf in a blog post.”

Source: Internet Freedom Won’t Be Controlled, Says UN Telcom Chief

Boring Conference Still Vows: We Will Not Rock You

December 2nd, 2012 12:29 admin View Comments

It's funny. Laugh.

An anonymous reader writes “The Boring 2012 Conference, the celebration of unexciting things served with dry British humor, now belongs to the wastepaper basket of history. Correspondents at the third annual London conference report that speakers covered a range of such dull topics as supermarket self-service checkouts; a photographic survey of results produced by breakfast toasters; a web site tracking the physical heights of celebrities; and the use of Google Maps to the chart the location of IBM cash registers around London.” Funny thing is, the talks described actually sound fascinating.

Source: Boring Conference Still Vows: We Will Not Rock You

Google Warns Against UN Net Conference

November 21st, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Censorship

another random user writes “Google has warned that a forthcoming U.N.-organized conference threatens the ‘free and open internet.’ Government representatives are set to agree a new information and communications treaty in December. It has been claimed some countries will try to wrest oversight of the net’s technical specifications and domain name system from U.S. bodies to an international organization. However, the U.N. has said there would be consensus before any change was agreed.” Google is using its Take Action page to encourage people to speak out on this issue.

Source: Google Warns Against UN Net Conference

Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

November 20th, 2012 11:53 admin View Comments

Politics

An anonymous reader writes “The Register is reporting on how debate over diversity has managed to get a Ruby conference in the UK cancelled, as the speakers were 100% white male. The person running the conference, Chuck Hardy, said he ‘was not prepared to put [himself] in the position of legal liability and cost ramifications if a sponsor were to pull out under social media strain.’ He added, ‘The ramifications of comments such as race and gender can have financial and legal consequences for the conference organizer. Raise these issues but allow the conference organizers the chance to highlight and act on these industry level issues. Accusation and slander is not a solution.’ Should conferences embrace diversity from the start, or should they go forward even if the speakers are all of the same denomination? How far do we have to go to ensure we are diverse?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

US Offers New Plans 1 Month Before UN Meeting To Regulate Web

November 1st, 2012 11:41 admin View Comments

The Internet

Velcroman1 writes “Slashdotters have been reading for months about the upcoming ITU conference next month in Dubai, which will propose new regulations and restrictions for the Internet that critics say could censor free speech, levy tariffs on e-commerce, and even force companies to clean up their ‘e-waste’ and make gadgets that are better for the environment. Concerns about the closed-door event have sparked a Wikileaks-style info-leaking site, and led the State Department on Wednesday to file a series of new proposals or tranches seeking to ensure ‘competition and commercial agreements — and not regulation’ as the meeting’s main message. Terry Kramer, the chief U.S. envoy to the conference, says the United States is against sanctions. ‘[Doing nothing] would not be a terrible outcome at all,’ Kramer said recently.”

Source: US Offers New Plans 1 Month Before UN Meeting To Regulate Web

Following Huawei Report, US Rejects UN Telecom Proposals

October 10th, 2012 10:09 admin View Comments

China

jjp9999 writes “The Epoch Times reports that on Monday, the same day the Intelligence Committee released its report cautioning against Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE, the U.S. said it will reject major changes to telecom at the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference in Dubai this December. The UN conference will be the first of its kind since 1988, and its members are pressing the U.S. to hand control of governing the Internet over to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Huawei and ZTE are both members of the ITU. Terry Kramer, the U.S. special envoy to the conference, said the US opposes proposals from some of the ‘nondemocratic nations’ that include tracking and monitoring content and user information, which ‘makes it very easy for nations to monitor traffic.’”

Source: Following Huawei Report, US Rejects UN Telecom Proposals

Barbara Liskov, Greg Morrisett, Guy Steele keynoting ACM conference on High Integrity Language Technology in Boston, Dec. 2012

October 7th, 2012 10:21 admin View Comments

A new ACM conference focused on High-Integrity Language Technology is coming to Boston in Dec. 2012. Keynote speakers at HILT2012 include programming language luminaries Barbara Liskov of MIT, Greg Morrisett of Harvard, and Guy Steele of Oracle Labs. Guy Steele wrote the original two Lambda the Ultimate … papers, and is the father (or at least the sage uncle) of many important programming languages. Barbara Liskov is of course a recent ACM Turing Award winner, and brought the whole notion of abstraction to modern programming languages, and Greg Morrisett is a pioneer in providing secure programming at the very lowest levels of abstraction. Information on all five of the keynotes, the overall schedule, registration, and accommodations is available at:

  http://www.sigada.org/conf/hilt2012

Source: Barbara Liskov, Greg Morrisett, Guy Steele keynoting ACM conference on High Integrity Language Technology in Boston, Dec. 2012

Barbara Liskov, Greg Morrisett, Guy Steele keynoting ACM conference on High Integrity Language Technology in Boston, Dec. 2012

October 7th, 2012 10:21 admin View Comments

A new ACM conference focused on High-Integrity Language Technology is coming to Boston in Dec. 2012. Keynote speakers at HILT2012 include programming language luminaries Barbara Liskov of MIT, Greg Morrisett of Harvard, and Guy Steele of Oracle Labs. Guy Steele wrote the original two Lambda the Ultimate … papers, and is the father (or at least the sage uncle) of many important programming languages. Barbara Liskov is of course a recent ACM Turing Award winner, and brought the whole notion of abstraction to modern programming languages, and Greg Morrisett is a pioneer in providing secure programming at the very lowest levels of abstraction. Information on all five of the keynotes, the overall schedule, registration, and accommodations is available at:

  http://www.sigada.org/conf/hilt2012

Source: Barbara Liskov, Greg Morrisett, Guy Steele keynoting ACM conference on High Integrity Language Technology in Boston, Dec. 2012

NVIDIA To Publicly Release Some Tegra GPU Documentation

September 21st, 2012 09:00 admin View Comments

Graphics

An anonymous reader writes “It was revealed today during the annual X.Org Developers’ Conference in Germany that NVIDIA will be publicly releasing Tegra graphics programming documentation. Initially this will cover their Tegra 2D engine but it’s thought they might also be providing 3D engine documentation too. A slide shown at the conference says NVIDIA is committed to open-source. NVIDIA also allegedly has supplied documentation under NDA to one Nouveau developer and taken other covertly supportive steps. These actions come after NVIDIA has been notoriously unfriendly to open-source and months after Linus Torvalds pubilcly slammed the NVIDIA Linux support.”

Source: NVIDIA To Publicly Release Some Tegra GPU Documentation

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