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Jim Thompson via email gives us a good pre-Halloween scare.

First, Engadget reports that Elcomsoft has filed a patent for a way to leverage a computer's graphical processing unit to crack passwords in a couple of days instead of months.

And if that's not enough to make you hurl your candy, Jim notes, think about what the bot army will be able to do with this.

Thanks, Jim! Yeah, uh, thanks a lot.

Please pardon the Macalope as he quickly changes all of his online banking passwords to 142-character strings filled with random letters, numbers and punctuation marks.

Maybe crazy old uncle Mortimer wasn't so crazy in 1999 when he said he'd rather keep his pension in the mattress than put it in online banking.

Now he's just crazy for eating all that dog food.