Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements
The objective of this lab assignment is to introduce you to various techniques used in password cracking. You will experience how it is done first hand by using a software application called “Cain and Abel.”
The goal of this lab is to use Cain and Abel to recover the passwords for user accounts on the machine. It is also to demonstrate the limitations to cracking passwords, i.e. not being able to recover a password in a reasonable amount of time if it is a “strong password”.
Access the Virtual Lab
Detailed directions to access the lab is attached to this order. I have already registered, therefore all you have to do is use the following credentials:
-Include experiment data and results in the report.
-Answer the following questions in a Word document and submit the file in the Lab1 Assignments folder.
Questions (Provide a minimum 2 pages, fact-based response for each question. Be quantitative, show lab results, and show in-line citations, where appropriate. Include overall reference list at the end.)
1.Explain the two different types of attacks that can be performed in Cain and Abel to crack user account passwords. Which do you think is the most effective and why?
2.Compare and contrast the results from the two methods used to crack the accounts for the three passwords each encrypted by the two hash algorithms. What conclusions can you make after using these two methods?
3.Research another algorithm used to store passwords that were not discussed here. (Include references in APA format.)
4.Research another password recovery software program and provide a thorough discussion of it. Compare and contrast it to Cain and Abel. (Include references in APA format.)
5.Anti-virus software detects Cain and Able as malware. Do you feel that Cain and Able is malware? Why or why not?