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Research Seminar: Brute Force Basics

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Speaker: Dr. Richard Clayton, University of Cambridge
Event date: Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10:30 - 12:00
Place: JFK Building, Room E004/E005

Classically, the effort to brute force a password was measured by some simple mathematical sums – length, character set, etc. However, that's never really been how passwords are brute forced in practice. This talk explains the approaches currently being taken by cyber-criminals to obtain credentials for a range of different services – and the practical defences that need to be deployed to thwart them.

Dr. Richard Clayton is the Director of the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, based in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He is a software developer by trade; his software house produced operating systems and word processors used by millions in the 1980s. In 2000 Richard returned to Cambridge to study for a PhD and he has stayed on as an academic because "it is more fun than working". He spends much of his time studying e-crime, and regularly comes to Luxembourg to talk about novel topics in this research area.