Representatives of New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) revealed that the organization’s IBM Power 575 supercomputer, known as FitzRoy, is back online after being switched off following a cyber attack late last week. The 18-tonne, $12.7 million IBM supercomputer was taken offline as a precautionary measure after hackers made several attempts to access the Read more…
A 24-year old Pennsylvania man, Andrew James Miller, pleaded guilty to charges of hacking into Department of Energy supercomputers and attempting to sell stolen access credentials. Miller offered to sell an undercover FBI agent root access to NERSC systems for the sum of $50,000.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/GPU_cluster_for_password_cracking_2012_200x.jpg” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”77″ />Today’s notion of safe passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Thanks to cheaper hardware, cloud software, and free password cracking programs, it’s easier than ever to hack these digital keys. Just how easy? Earlier this week, a custom-built GPU cluster tore through 348 billion password hashes per second during the Passwords^12 Conference in Oslo, Norway.