"In most cases, companies do not want to burden their employees with complex passwords that are often changing, so the password system is weak," Dan Blum, research director at the consulting firm Burton Group, told
Numerous Web sites feature software programs that help hackers crack password systems, and several types of tools are quite popular for this purpose. Ultimately, what can defeat all of these tools is a sound security policy that requires users to regularly change their passwords and avoid using simple words. Still, it is helpful for consumers and IT pros to be aware of the various password-hacking techniques available to those with malicious intent.
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