Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cracking e mail

Did you forget your Google Mail password? If you had the foresight at the time of signing up for the account you will know your username and perhaps have set a secret question and secondary address. If so, you can simply visit the password recovery page, follow the instructions, and retrieve your password.

DO NOT, whatever you do, download a crack, hacker tool, or anything else that claims to be able to crack your GMail password, it will be malware, no two ways about it, and your computer and your security will be seriously compromised.

But, if you don’t remember or never set those things, you might be hoping that there is another way to crack your GMail password. According to Hacking Truths there is, a download called GMail Password Recovery tool. Apparently, this program will scan your PC for encrypted GMail passwords, extract them, decrypt and decode them and display them in a readable format. It will search in settings across the following apps: Google Talk, Gmail Notifier, Google Desktop, Picasa, Google Photos Screensaver, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Supposedly. DO NOT USE THIS TOOL!!!
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I downloaded the file from the link provided by Hacking Truths and did an antivirus scan with ESET NOD32. Immediately, it found a Trojan horse program. Even if your antivirus doesn’t show anything untoward, I wouldn’t recommend connecting to a remote server with a tool like this, anyway. It could easily be a phishing scam. You are leaving yourself open to

Moreover, although there seem to be “clean” versions of this password recovery tool on the net, how can you be sure that it’s not got something that is simply not being detected?

There is another warning to be discussed (not just about ensuring you scan all downloads for viruses, Trojans, and malware before you run them). With GMail Password Recovery, anyone could download and install a program like this on any PC to which they have access. Be warned if you use a shared machine and don’t entirely trust other users. If it actually works someone could use it to crack your GMail password.

Such a tool could be especially important for government agents and spies who seem to have a penchant for leaving laptop computers on public transport, in the UK at least, although they never seem to learn the lesson of encryption so I doubt they use strong passwords as it is.

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