Hashcat is a widely used password recovery tool with both legitimate and malicious applications.

What is hashcat?

  • Open-source password recovery tool supporting many hashing algorithms.
  • Used for legitimate purposes like:
    • Password cracking during penetration testing to assess password strength.
    • Recovering lost passwords for authorized access.
    • Researching password hashing techniques and vulnerabilities.
  • Can also be misused for malicious purposes like:
    • Cracking stolen password hashes to gain unauthorized access.
    • Brute-forcing passwords for malicious activities.

Hashcat Overview

  • Hashcat is an open-source password recovery tool.
  • Supports a wide range of hashing algorithms.
Legitimate Uses
  • Penetration testing for password strength.
  • Recovering lost, authorized passwords.
  • Researching hashing weaknesses.
Potential Misuse
  • Unauthorized cracking of stolen password hashes.
  • Brute-forcing for malicious intent.