So as said, I will upload individual articles on the top brute-forcing tools I collected in my inventory. Getting forward with knowing hashcat…

Introduction

Hashcat is the world’s fastest and most advanced password recovery utility, supporting five unique modes of attack for over 200 highly-optimized hashing algorithms. Hashcat currently supports CPUs, GPUs, and other hardware accelerators on Linux, Windows, and OSX, and has facilities to help enable distributed password cracking. Let us talk about it’s CUI & GUI.

The Command-line User Interface

I won’t say that command line interface is more powerful, they both are same, but it is worth noting that CUI gives you more power over it’s usage i.e. you have more customization options, and also is light weight to leave the system resources for password cracking. If you want to know how the CUI works just type, hashcat --help, and it will give you it’s usage.

The Graphical User Interface

Hashcat’s GUI looks a bit similar to this…

And to be honest, you can understand most of it through this interface, with easy readability of the function it is going to perform. Just select the mode, adjust your threads, choose the hash type, add an output file and you are all done in cracking the password.

The Furious

Now, as I told you that this tool works on GPU also, that is your graphics card. The best thing about hashcat is it’s speed and reliability for cracking the passwords. This is all because it is made in such a way to work with a whole separate processor with the power of your GPU to overclock. This really increases its speed a 1000x, and makes it a magical tool, which is nothing just a properly implemented logic flow of the code, making it work a lot more efficiently than other tools. I mean it can crack your password using rockyou.txt within just a few seconds… And that’s 32,000,000+ passwords.

Stay tuned for more.

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