When the FBI Has a Phone it Can't Crack, It Calls These Israeli Hackers

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  1. Minimalist

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    iPhone Cracking Methods Like GrayKey Box Can Guess a Six-Digit Password in 11 Hours on Average
    https://www.macrumors.com/2018/04/16/iphone-cracking-six-digit-passcode/
     
  2. mirimir

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    So who uses such short passcodes? I mean, way back in the day, eight characters was the norm. Now, don't people go with 32? Or at least 20?
     
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    I doubt that there are many people that would choose such long passcodes to unlock a phone :)
     
  4. mirimir

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    OK, this host box is LUKS encrypted. And the passphrase is ~50 characters. However, the user password is only ~10 characters. So during my day, the host stays up, and I just lock the screen when I take a whatever break. And there's an easy-to-reach kill switch for UPS power to all machines. But I shut boxes down when I'm sleeping, or go out.

    Is something like that doable on phones?
     
  5. Stefan Froberg

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    You must be joking mirimir :eek:

    Most people can barely remember 10 to 12 char passwords.
    My codes for most stuff are 64 char but that's only because I keep them "hidden" inside my work comp and just copy-paste when needed.
    (I finally decided to start using password manager .... :oops: )
     
  6. RockLobster

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    iPhone 7 is limited to 6 chars.
     
  7. Minimalist

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    On iPhone you don't have two passwords, one for decryption when starting it up and another for unlocking when you use it during the day. Even if there is such an option, most people wouldn't use it. They would probably forget long passwords and would be in big trouble first time they shut down their phones.
     
  8. mirimir

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    OK, consider this quote from Tolstoy's War and Peace:

    "We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom."

    That becomes "WckotwknAtithdohw". Or if you can remember tricks like "number words are numbers" and "that becomes dat", you get "Wckodwk0Adithdohw". For longer, you string together a few sentences, from different works, that are memorable. If you forget, you just find the texts, and reconstruct.
     
  9. Stefan Froberg

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    That's quite clever :)
     
  10. RockLobster

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    Android phone passcode are limited to 16 chars so best to use at least one symbol and a number in the passcode.
     
  11. mirimir

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    Well, that's a lot better than iPhone 7. I wonder why they went for just six characters. Did any of the older models allow longer passwords?
     
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