The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is a gaming powerhouse, but that’s not all. According to the makers of a popular password recovery application, the RTX 3090 is also good at brutally forcing passwords. This is great when you forget an important password, but that’s probably not why people use tools like this. The latest Nvidia cards could make cracking someone else’s files almost trivial.
The RTX 3090 is Nvidia’s newest top-of-the-range GPU with a GA102 graphics processor with 10,496 cores and 24 GB of GDDR6X memory. It’s outrageously powerful, obscenely powerful by today’s gaming standards, and has a correspondingly high price of $ 1,500. Give or take a few hundred depending on the offer. With a focus on high core counts, GPUs are also great for parallel computing. Because of this, you couldn’t even buy a GPU for several months when Bitcoin hit its peak. GPUs are also very good at cracking passwords.
Passcovery was recently updated to add support for RTX cards like the 3090 and has significantly increased the speed of brute force attacks. In the past, guessing every possible password until you hit the right one wasn’t practical – computers just weren’t fast enough. However, a GPU can do this fast enough to find passwords in certain cases. With version 20.09 of the Passcovery suite, a relatively modest GTX 1060 can go from 3.4 million guesses per second to 669 million per second. This version of the software includes support for RTX 3000 series cards that may pose a problem for your weak passwords. The RTX 3090 is nearly seven times faster than the 1060 in GPU computing benchmarks – that is a lot of of guesses per second.
This test was performed on a ZIP file with classic encryption, but brute force is a danger to any encrypted file if there is enough time and power. A password that we classified as “strong” a few years ago could collapse in no time under the attack of a 3090. These GPUs are very expensive right now, but the prices will come down and make brute force attacks more common, and that’s a problem. This is just a password recovery suite, and more are sure to add support for the latest Nvidia cards in the future.
We’ve got to the point that anything important enough to be encrypted has to be secured with a very, very strong password if you hope to keep it secure. You should always use a generator to generate random password strings. Programs like Passcovery are designed to remove locally encrypted files. Therefore, even in the age of cracking GPU passwords, keeping these files out of shameful hands is an essential part of security.
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