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Dictionary Attack

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Jungle ComputerA dictionary attack is a technique or method used to breach the computer security of a password-protected machine or server. A dictionary attack attempts to defeat an authentication mechanism by systematically entering each word in a dictionary as a password or trying to determine the decryption key of an encrypted message or document.

Dictionary attacks are often successful because many users and businesses use ordinary words as passwords. These ordinary words are easily found in a dictionary, such as an English dictionary.

Dictionary attacks are not effective against systems that make use of random permutations of lowercase and uppercase letters (NOT JUST THE FIRST LETTER) combined with numerals and special characters.

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by Paul Gil
Updated March 13, 2017