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Definitions Edit

A brute force attack is

[a] class of attack whereby multiple attempts are made to compromise a system by cycling through different combinations of attack until one is successful. Repeated password-guessing is an example of brute-force. This type of attack is highly likely to be detected during and after execution by CND monitoring systems.[1]
a type of malicious attack against a system in which the attacker repeatedly attempts to gain access by presenting all possible combinations of access credentials until a match is found.[2]

Overview Edit

"The success of this method may depend, among other things, on the amount of time available to try and unlock a device and on the number of keys used in the passcode."[3]

Reducing vulnerability Edit

There are a number of methods for reducing a web server's vulnerability to brute force attack:

References Edit

  1. Occupying the Information High Ground: Chinese Capabilities for Computer Network Operations and Cyber Espionage, at 114.
  2. Privacy Technical Assistance Center, Brute-force attack (full-text).
  3. Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations, at 8.

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