Massive Credential Hacks Are The Crosswords Of The Future

Massive Credential Hacks Are the Crosswords of the Future

When hackers break into the databases of the great and good -- like Adobe -- they're often left with an encrypted password and an unencrypted password hint. In other words, a giant, modern version of a crossword puzzle.

As Randall Munroe points out, the hackers are essentially presented with a set of clues, the answers to which are of a known character length. Screw the NYT cryptic; this is a real challenge. [XKCD]

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