Honeywords are the latest defence against hackers
Ok, so your password is probably 123456, or your surname, or your date of birth, but now even if you’ve got a supremely guessable password, a new data encryption system could save you from being hacked.
Say if someone is trying to hack your Hotmail account (hahaha, Hotmail!), every time a hacker attempts to guess your password, if you use the Honey Encryption system, then it will give the attacker fake data. Even if they guess the password, your real data will be impossible to find under layers of made-up data.
Let’s go over to Thomas Ristenpart, who developed the system at the University of Wisconsin.
‘Honeywords are bogus passwords placed in the password file of an authentication server to deceive attackers. Honeywords resemble ordinary, user-selected passwords. It’s hard therefore for an attacker that steals a honeyword-laced password file to distinguish between honeywords and true user passwords.’
DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
At the moment, when a password attempt is incorrect, computers just generate junk data. But Honey Encryption lures hackers down the wrong path by planting perfectly plausible data that looks a bit like the real thing. That makes them think they used the right password, but they didn’t. Screw you, guys!
This could be a major weapon in the fight against CYBER CRIME. Until they work it out, of course.