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Slide Show: 10 Password Database Fails

Evernote's most recent password breach is the same refrain from a song the industry has been singing for a while -- check out some of the worst password cache compromises
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Last week, online notetaking firm Evernote sent a password reset notice to all 50 million of its users after it discovered that hackers had breached internal account information databases to steal encrypted username and password combinations. Though the firm did put some level of cryptographic protection in place by using a salted MD5 hash, experts have criticized that as an easily brute-forced method of encryption and not nearly as effective as something like bcrypt, scrypt, or PBKDF2, which are designed to slow the number of automated guesses a hacker can make per second.

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Mark Sitkowski,
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3/20/2013 | 12:41:10 AM
re: Slide Show: 10 Password Database Fails
Why anyone who is serious about security still uses passwords is totally beyond me. It's perfectly possible to have an authentication system which uses no passwords, biometrics, multi-factor authentication techniques, and is still uncrackable.
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