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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Dennis Guster

Second Advisor

Jim Chen

Third Advisor

Mahbub Hosain

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

GPU, CPU, hash, Cracking, oclhashcat, AWS


In This paper the current security of various password hashing schemes that are in use today will be investigated through practical proof of concept – GPU based, password hash dump cracking using the power of cloud computing. The focus of this paper is to show the possible use of cloud computing in cracking hash dumps and the way to countermeasures them by using secure hashing algorithm and using complex passwords.