What is a dictionary attack?

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Hello I have a general question about the means of a dictionary attack and how exactly does it work

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This question was answered on February 18, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A dictionary attack is A method used to break security systems, specifically password-based security systems, in which the attacker systematically tests all possible passwords beginning with words that have a higher possibility of being used, such as names and places The word â??dictionaryâ?? refers to the attacker exhausting all of the words in a dictionary in an attempt to discover the password Dictionary attacks are typically done with software instead of an individual manually trying each password

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 18, 2004