Password-cracking tools optimised to work with SSDs have achieved speeds up
to 100 times quicker than previously possible.

After optimising its rainbow tables of password hashes to make use of SSDs
Swiss security firm Objectif Sécurité was able to crack 14-digit WinXP passwords
with special characters in just 5.3 seconds. Objectif Sécurité’s Philippe
Oechslin told Heise Security that the result was 100 times faster than possible
with their old 8GB Rainbow Tables for XP hashes.

The exercise illustrated that the speed of hard discs rather than processor
speeds was the main bottleneck in password cracking based on password hash
lookups.

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