MEDIUM.COM – TOWARDS DATA SCIENCE: A white hat study of hacking passwords using ML

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Not too long ago, it was considered state of the art research to make a computer distinguish cats vs dogs. Now image classification is ‘Hello World’ of Machine Learning (ML), something one can implement in just a few lines of code using TensorFlow. In fact, in just a few short years the field of ML has advanced so much that today it is possible to build a potentially life saving, or lethal, application with equal ease. Thus it has become necessary to discuss both the use and abuse of the technology with the hope that we can find ways to mitigate or safeguard against the abuse. In this article, I will present one potential abuse of the technology — hacking passwords using ML.

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