[NBLUG/Announce] TONIGHT - Sex, Secret and God: A Brief History of Bad Passwords (Kyle Rankin)

Allan Cecil allan at nblug.org
Tue May 9 12:07:19 PDT 2017

This is a much needed topic if the discussion in the talk list is any indication.  Come one come all tonight at 7:30,

President, North Bay Linux Users' Group

On 04/18/2017 03:05 PM, Allan Cecil wrote:
> Topic: Sex, Secret and God: A Brief History of Bad Passwords
> When: Tuesday May 9th, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
> Speaker: Kyle Rankin
> Location: O'Reilly Media, Sebastopol CA in the Tarsier conference room
> past the metal statue and to the right ( http://nblug.org/locations )
> Description:
> Most of what we've been told over the years about what makes a good
> password has been wrong, so it's no surprise most people pick bad
> passwords. This talk will cover the history of password policy and password
> cracking starting from the days when Richard Stallman hacked the passwords
> forced on his MIT computer lab because he considered passwords an
> authoritarian method of control. Next I'll discuss the golden days of
> password guessing featured prominently in movies like Hackers and WarGames.
> Then I'll move to the tech boom and the introduction of draconian IT
> policies like password rotation and password complexity and the dirty
> little leet-speak password secrets they led to. As we get closer to the
> modern day I'll discuss the "correct horse battery staple" password
> renaissance and more modern approaches to password cracking spawned by
> tools like oclhashcat and giant password databases dumps like the RockYou
> hack.
> I'll finish up with modern attempts to fix the password auth problem such
> as new approaches to secure password generation in password managers or
> schemes such as diceware as well as cover password auth reinforcements like
> the different forms of 2FA (including U2F) and Facebook's new approach to
> "I forgot my password" workflows. By the end everyone should have plenty of
> ammunition to take back to their IT department and get rid of those
> horrible password policies.
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