A recent study by Home Security Heroes found that PassGAN, a new generative AI service, can crack over half of all common passwords in just a matter of minutes. The study shows that PassGAN’s ability to autonomously learn the distribution of real passwords from leaked databases makes it highly effective and potentially dangerous.
Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the world we live in, from personal assistants like Siri and Alexa to self-driving cars. While these new technologies are meant to make our lives easier, there are always potential risks involved. One such risk is the ability of AI to crack passwords with unprecedented speed and accuracy.
A recent study by Home Security Heroes, a company specializing in identity theft prevention, has found that a new generative AI service called PassGAN can crack more than half of all common passwords in minutes. The study’s authors note that PassGAN was able to crack 65% of all common passwords in less than an hour and 81% of passwords in less than a month.
What makes PassGAN so effective and possibly dangerous is its ability to autonomously learn the distribution of real passwords from actual password leaks. Rather than manually analyzing passwords from leaked databases, PassGAN can learn the patterns and distribution of real passwords on its own, making it highly effective at cracking even complex passwords.
To test PassGAN’s abilities, Home Security Heroes has created a website where users can input their passwords and see if PassGAN can crack them. While the site is a useful tool for testing the strength of your passwords, it also highlights the potential dangers of AI-powered password cracking technology.
As AI technology continues to advance, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to protect your personal information. Home Security Heroes recommends using a strong, unique password for each account and enabling two-factor authentication wherever possible. By taking these simple steps, you can help protect yourself from the dangers of AI-powered password cracking technology.