Thoughts on cracking passwords using cloud computing?
It's obvious that the internet provides the free distribution of information, both good and bad. A simple Google search for "how to crack passwords" leads to YouTube videos, articles, etc with both more and less information regarding the best known techniques, including but not limited to dictionary, hybrid, brute force. Some even name some programs like TCH Hydra.
There's an interesting (old) article ( http://bit.ly/1z6sP7 ) that has a grid for how difficult your password is to crack in respect to length and complexity. The article estimates that it would take 154 x 10^9 millennia to crack a 14 letter password that uses all characters available. I am assuming that the author is correct in his assertion as well as there being only 1 computer working on this crack.
So what if we use cloud computing to crack passwords? (ie. Amazon's very expensive EC2.) Time to think of new security standards? Thoughts? (Or just estimate how much the info is worth and create a password with 2 more letters and hope you're good?)