Episode 26: Cracking P@ssw0rd5

Robert Reif is a brilliant password cracker. I learn all sorts of stuff about cracking passwords that I never knew about. In this episode we talk about how Robert’s summertime hacker hobby (involves a Wi-Fi pentesting stroller) helped him discover vulnerabilities in wireless routers. We’ve all heard of password best practices, but on this podcast we get the opinion of a world class password cracker. We also discuss Robert’s adventures in DEFCON’s Crack Me if You Can competition. He talks about how with little comparative resources, his team CynoSure Prime was able to stay neck and neck with large teams with a ton of corporate resources at their disposal. We recorded this a few weeks before the competition in summer of 2019, and this year they came in second place right behind Hashcat – you can see from this graph here how they were neck and neck the whole time. You can say hello to Robert at @winxp5421

About the Author
Kyle Puckhaber has a wide background from mitigating cyber-security threats, business to politics, and everything in between. He loves navigating through chaos to find customized solutions to problems. He is the CFO for the cyber-security startup Deeplight Systems. He is a philosopher at heart. As a contrarian, he questions conventional wisdom and experiments with alternative approaches to traditional problems. He enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and finding wisdom in travelers and nature. The first podcast he hosted is called Seeking Truth, which is an effort to find truth through the dialectic process.

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