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Artificial Intelligence or also known as AI, never ceases to amaze us with the enormous number of tasks that it is capable of performing. At first he was able to give answers to a wide variety of questions, then elaborate essays, more elaborate answers, then create images, he has even threatened the employment of several professionals, due to his incredible ability to automate processes, program, perform calculations and designs . More recently, it has been announced that there is an AI that is capable of cracking the passwords of various types of accounts. Can you imagine the repercussions that this ability can have?
It is an undeniable fact that this AI will generate concern in millions of people and institutions, since it could violate privacy and information that is considered private or classified.
But hey, let’s go little by little, if you have heard about the topic of AI (Artificial Intelligence) but it is still not entirely clear to you, do not worry, in this post we will briefly talk about this computer tool that is transforming our world and about the AI can crack your passwords.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Broadly speaking, artificial intelligence (AI) is a field of computer science that focuses on creating systems that can perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence to perform. This includes the ability to recognize patterns, learn from experience, make decisions, and communicate with humans. They use language learning to be able to imitate people’s behavior as closely as possible.
AI can be divided into two main categories: weak AI and strong AI. Weak AI refers to systems designed to perform specific tasks, such as speech recognition or image classification, and do not have the ability to “think” or “reason” like humans. Strong AI, on the other hand, is a system that has the ability to match or exceed human intelligence in all areas.
PassGAN the AI that can crack your passwords in less than 60 seconds
Although it seems taken from a science fiction movie, this Artificial Intelligence already exists and is called PassGAN. According to the elchapuzasinformatico portal, this AI is specialized in cracking passwords. It works thanks to a GAN or Antagonistic Generative Network, which is a kind of artificial intelligence algorithm that is used to learn to perform certain functions. In this case, PassGAN is in charge of cracking passwords of all kinds and, according to Home Security Heroes, this AI is capable of doing so in record time. According to the AI’s own statistics, it is capable of cracking 51% of common passwords in less than a minute.
You might be wondering how he manages to do it or how he did it because this must have a track record, to achieve these records the company that made Home Security Heroes trained PassGAN on 15,680,000 passwords from the RockYou dataset.
But this choice was not random or because RockYou is a former developer of Widgets for MySpace and Facebook, there is another important reason, which according to elchapuzasinformatico.com, is because they previously attacked him in 2009 and stole the data of 32 million users.
As you can see in the image, this AI is capable of cracking passwords of up to 11 characters instantly. As you know, passwords for most accounts and apps ask for 6-8 characters and if you don’t include any special signs, it will make the password even more vulnerable. So the AI could decipher without so much difficulty
Some techniques used in Artificial Intelligence
There are various techniques used in AI, including machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and robotics. Machine learning is a technique that allows machines to learn from data without being explicitly programmed to do so. Artificial vision is a technique that allows machines to process and analyze images. Natural language processing allows machines to understand and respond to human language, while robotics focuses on creating intelligent robots that can interact with the physical world.
AI is used in a variety of applications today, including healthcare, security, manufacturing, e-commerce, and more. As technology continues to advance, AI is expected to become an increasingly integral part of our lives and transform the way we work and live.
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