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Monday, May 30, 2022

How to Crack a Password

What is Password Cracking?

Password cracking is the process of attempting to gain unauthorized access to restricted systems using common passwords or algorithms that guess passwords. In other words, it’s the art of obtaining the correct password that gives access to a system protected by an authentication method.

Password cracking employs a number of techniques to achieve its goals. The cracking process can involve either comparing stored passwords against a word list or using algorithms to generate passwords that match 

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Password cracking steps

  • Open Cain and Abel, you will get the following main screen

How to crack password of an Application

  • Make sure the cracker tab is selected as shown above
  • Click on the Add button on the toolbar.

How to crack password of an Application

  • The following dialog window will appear

How to crack password of an Application

  • The local user accounts will be displayed as follows. Note the results shown will be of the user accounts on your local machine.

How to crack password of an Application

  • Right click on the account you want to crack. For this tutorial, we will use Accounts as the user account.

How to crack password of an Application

  • The following screen will appear

How to crack password of an Application

  • Right click on the dictionary section and select Add to list menu as shown above
  • Browse to the 10k most common.txt file that you just downloaded

How to crack password of an Application

  • Click on start button
  • If the user used a simple password like qwerty, then you should be able to get the following results.

How to crack password of an Application

  • Note: the time taken to crack the password depends on the password strength, complexity and processing power of your machine.
  • If the password is not cracked using a dictionary attack, you can try brute force or cryptanalysis attacks.