Three hackers have demonstrated how easy it is to crack cryptographically hashed passwords, with 90 per cent of a mind-boggling 16,449 passwords successfully deciphered. The experiment, orchestrated by Ars Technica, tasked the hackers with turning MD5 hashes into the viable passwords hidden beneath. The hackers employed the most basic hardware for the job, with one of them able to crack 62 per cent of the passwords within just an hour, while simultaneously answering interview questions. The most successful hacker took 20 hours to crack 14,734 passwords, a whopping 90 per cent success rate, all with just a single AMD Radeon 7970 graphics card. While many of the passwords were insanely simple, like "123456," "password" and "letmein," others were much more complex, like "qeadzcwrsfxv1331," calling into question many previous assumptions about the difficulty of identifying longer, random strings of characters.
Intel has bought the global navigation satellite system division of ST-Ericsson, acquiring assets, intellectual property and staff to enhance its mobile chip business. The chip giant is reportedly taking over the GPS unit of the loss-making joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson aimed at wireless and semiconductor products in the mobile sector. The financial details of the transaction were not revealed, but STMicroelectronics said that the sale will reduce the cost of closing ST-Ericsson by an estimated £59 million, thanks to a combination of cash from Intel and the fact that it will no longer have to make redundancy payments to employees joining Intel. STMicroelectronics revealed that the cost of closing the business would amount to between £231 million and £298 million, making the sale of assets vital. The parent companies are absorbing some assets and employees, while 1,600 people will lose their jobs.
It has long been predicted that tablets will at some point become more popular than laptops, but according to a new forecast from IDC, the shift will occur this year. The market research firm has predicted that tablet shipments will grow 58.7 per cent year over year in 2013 to reach 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million in 2012. Meanwhile, the PC market is expected to see negative growth for a second year in a row, as tablet shipments outpace laptop shipments in 2013, and exceed the entire PC market by 2015. Ryan Reith of IDC's Mobility Trackers, said this marks a "significant change" in consumer attitudes about computing devices and their associated ecosystems and applications. Though Apple has led the tablet revolution, market expansion is largely being driven by cheap Android devices. The worldwide average selling price (ASP) for tablets is expected to fall 10.8 per cent this year to about £253. In comparison, the ASP of a PC this year is nearly double that at around £422. Going forward, tablet prices are expected to drop even lower, making them accessible to an even larger group of consumers.
Finally, new technologies, revelations in behavioural science and changing cultures are generating exciting advances in the world of project management. We've therefore listed five concepts that are creating chatter in the project management community, along with why they are important and what differences they're currently making in project work. These trends come under the banner of confusing buzzwords, including rolling-wave planning, lean and agile, customer-centric, activity streams and social, but ITProPortal has broken things down. Follow the link above to discover the trends you need to know about.