Cracking Passwords in the Cloud: Breaking PGP on EC2 with EDPR

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Electric Alchemy: Cracking Passwords in the Cloud: Breaking PGP on EC2 with EDPR: ”
ELECTRIC ALCHEMY
INFORMATION SECURITY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009

Cracking Passwords in the Cloud: Breaking PGP on EC2 with EDPR
Cloud Computing has enabled some interesting projects:  undertakings that wouldn’t have been attempted without the cheap, flexible, easy to provision and simple to release computing power that ‘cloud’ delivers.

The New York Times used Amazon EC2 and S3 to create PDF’s of 15M scanned news articles.  NASDAQ  uses Amazon S3 to deliver historical stock information.  We recently tapped into the power of the cloud to perform brute force password cracking attacks which simply aren’t feasible using traditional IT infrastructure.

We at EA are ‘pro-cloud’ and have been assessing the security of various incarnations of cloud for some time now.  However, until recently we had not had an opportunity to leverage the massive scalability that cloud promises.  That changed a few months ago when we were approached by a client who needed several PGP ZIP archives decrypted thr”

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