The Art Of Password Cracking

The elusive art of password-cracking has enticed many a mortal! Everyone has, at one point or the other, contemplated cracking someone’s password to get access to their private information. Whenever people hear the term ‘hacking’, the first thing that comes to their mind is ‘cracking passwords’. A lot of people think that password-cracking is the very definition of hacking. Some people think that password-cracking is the same as stealthily looking at someone type their password. I hate to burst your bubble, but that’s not password-cracking. What exactly is it then? How do we do it?   Continue reading “The Art Of Password Cracking”

Hack Me Once, Shame On You. Hack Me Twice, Shame On Me.

We hear the word ‘hacking’ all the time. Most people think that hacking is something smart, cool and wrong. But what exactly is hacking? Is it just smart coders breaking into websites? The hacking culture is great and it inspires creativity, but why limit it to just a few people? People actually do it everyday in different ways and different capacities. It is in our inherent nature to get around the rules if we don’t get something we want. There’s a hacker in every one of us, we just don’t know it yet.   Continue reading “Hack Me Once, Shame On You. Hack Me Twice, Shame On Me.”

The Linkedin Debacle

If you are following tech news, you might very well be aware of the fact that there was a security leak in Linkedin recently. A Russian hacker leaked around 6.5 million Linkedin passwords along with 1.5 million passwords from a dating website (possibly eHarmony) to get the total to around 8 million. If you haven’t changed your Linkedin password yet, it’s about time! Now how on earth could this have happened? What exactly went wrong?   Continue reading “The Linkedin Debacle”

Demystifying Android

Look around you and you’ll see a lot of Android phones. In fact, Android has the biggest market share in the smartphone market. People don’t really know much about what happens under the hood. Laymen are excused from this because they will probably not benefit much from having this knowledge. But what about techies? Can we really afford to be equally ignorant about this? I have been fiddling with Android for quite some time now and I thought I should just elucidate a little on the world’s best-selling mobile operating system from a tech point of view.   Continue reading “Demystifying Android”

Exposing The SSL Encryption

In my previous blog post, I couldn’t discuss much about SSL encryption. I didn’t want to deviate from the main topic. So here, I discuss about the loopholes in the protocol. I have tried to simplify it as much as possible. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and it is a protocol for secure communication over the internet. It just provides enough security to keep attacks at bay, but if someone reeeeally wants to get in, SSL will not be able to stop the attack. Here’s why:   Continue reading “Exposing The SSL Encryption”

Deconstructing The Geek Talk In The Movie ‘The Social Network’

Recently, I was watching a random Youtube video and I stumbled across a video which showed a scene from the movie ‘The Social Network’. This is a conversation between Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. In this scene, Zuck is interviewing candidates for the internship job in California for his company. It goes something like this:   Continue reading “Deconstructing The Geek Talk In The Movie ‘The Social Network’”