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January Puzzler Solution

January Puzzler Solution

DIGITAL AGENT ENGINEERS SOLVE COMPLEX PUZZLES FOR OUR CUSTOMERS EVERY DAY. CAN YOU SOLVE THE PUZZLE WE CREATED FOR YOU?


QUESTION:
How long would it take a hacker with an algorithm that allows him to try 350 billion character attempts per second to crack an 8 character password with lowercase, uppercase and numerical digits?

Key:
LC = lowercase (26 possibilities)
UC = uppercase (26 possibilities)
NUM = numerical digits (10 possibilities)
SC = special characters (common 10 possibilities only)

 

ANSWER:

Each character has 62 possibilities, so the total number of passwords will be 62^8, or 218,340,105,584,896 total passwords. The hacker can try 350 billion of these per second, so he can check all of them in

218,340,105,584,896 /350,000,000,000  = 623.83 seconds, or ~10 minutes 24 seconds, which will guarantee that he guesses your password within this time frame.

 

 

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