Archive for June 3rd, 2009

Hard news from COMPUTEX 2009

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

It looks like AMD has outrun NVIDIA today. Its World’s First Microsoft DirectX® 11 Graphics Processor, presented a few hours ago in Taipei, is currently the best hardware for Windows 7. Catch up, NVIDIA! However not many details of it suggested. At least enjoy the graphics:  

Password Usage Behavior Survey Announced

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

ElcomSoft is launching a survey intended to collect more information on how people handle their passwords, which remain a major way for user authentication. Whether you are ElcomSoft customer or haven’t seriously thought about password security, we hope you will answer our questions.

The questionnaire is well designed and if you have no time you can simply tick the matching answers which are prepared for your convenience. If you have a special experience to share or lots of thoughts on passwords, please take a while and use empty spaces provided for your own answers.

The survey is set to run for several weeks in order to cover more people, for we understand that summer is the best season for vacations. After the survey is completed and results calculated, we will release a full report with facts and figures. We tried to put sensible questions in the belief that results’ analysis will help us find out which questions should be better and more deeply highlighted in our articles, whitepapers, as well as in our blog.

This is the first our empirical research and we hope you will find it interesting and enjoyable. You definitely have your own opinion on passwords, and as you understand this survey is a perfect way for you to share that opinion. So what do you think? Be frank and open, take the questionnaire, and help us let others know about it.

 

Officers of Indian Customs To Be Punished For Password Breach

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Central Board of Excise and Customs of India claimed that compromised passwords are the biggest threat to system security. Despite elaborate instructions on passwords, which all employees are supposed to follow, “instances of password compromise continue to recur with unfailing regularity”, an unnamed official says.

Sharing of passwords was identified as one of the main reasons of unauthorized access and information leakage. According to CBEC representative, officers who share their passwords with others should “be regarded as being in collusion in the fraud that results”. To prevent insecure use of passwords CBEC plans to introduce a set of measures, including disciplinary action and even dismissal from the Government service.   

Penalty threat may not be the most effective solution. In case of password breach, complex countermeasures are required, and regular password audit is a significant part of it. If it is required that users change their passwords every 30 days, then system administrators have to perform password audits with the same regularity. There is a lot of both free and commercial auditing tools that allow to check password security.

Source: Business Line

Nvidia Unveils 1U Server With 2 Tesla GPUs On Board

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The summer has begun, and as usual at this time of the year big companies present the results of hard work to the public. With Microsoft’s Bing and Google Wave flooding the news, you might have overlooked the joint release of NVIDIA and Supermicro. At Computex 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan, Nvidia and Supermicro announced

a new class of server that combines massively parallel NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPUs with multi-core CPUs in a single 1U rack-mount server.

According to the news text, the performance will increase 12 times compared to a traditional quad-core CPU-based 1U server. The new 1-unit solution combines 2 NVIDIA Tesla 1060 GPU cards with Dual Quad/Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processors 5500 series, so you do not have to configure your machine as in case with Nvidia S1070 featuring four Tesla GPUs. The new server is based on Nvidia CUDA™ architecture.

It should be a very powerful solution and an expensive one too. However, we do not expect password recovery to benefit much from it. As we’ve mentioned many times before, password recovery is barely cost-effective when expensive hardware is involved in the process.

Read the press release