NEW YORK – With the release of AI tools like Bing Chat and Bard, people are starting to realize how helpful AI can be to their daily lives. But as with most products used with bad intentions, there’s also a dark side to the technology to consider. One such potential misuse of AI is password cracking. A new study shows just how terrifyingly fast today’s AI can figure out your password.
The cybersecurity firm Home Security Heroes recently published a study about AI and password cracking. Specifically, the researchers looked into a new AI-powered password-cracking tool called PassGAN (password generative adversarial network).
In the study, the researchers used PassGAN to run through a list of over 15 million passwords. The results revealed that 51% of common passwords can be cracked in less than a minute, 65% in less than an hour, 71% in less than a day, and 81% in less than a month.