Notorious hacker Kevin Mitnick has reported on his Twitter page about the creation of a “monstrous” password cracker made in collaboration with the KnowBe4 team and used in Red Teaming processes to ensure security.
Kevin Mitnick is an icon in the information security space. He was convicted of various computer and network crimes in the late 20th century, but the Free Kevin movement helped Mitnick get his early release after serving more than five years in prison. He is currently a highly sought-after cybersecurity consultant and CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting and Chief Hacking Officer at KnowBe4.
in the message, published On Twitter, Mitnick uploaded pictures of a “cool password cracker” that the KnowBe4 team helped him install and set up. The monstrous system consists of four servers containing a total of 24 flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards based on the Ada Lovelace architecture and six Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 cards.
It is assumed that this system will be used in the red teaming process. From a security perspective, interacting with the Red Team is actually a simulated cyberattack. Finding vulnerabilities is an inevitable part of the process, but not necessarily the primary goal. These simulated attacks test an organization’s ability to detect and respond to security threats. In other cases, the goal is to compromise the network by acquiring administrator credentials, which can lead to exploitation of as many vulnerabilities as possible. The results are then compiled into a report that companies can adopt for correction and implement.
These audits are always authorized by the company. The idea is to work with the Red Team to find out what works and how the company can best prepare to protect itself and its data from real cyberattacks.