Federal agents usually spends thousands upon thousands to attempt to crack the codes of would be suspects. This is the case for some very computer savvy Pedophiles, who now distribute their filth in encrypted files. Now our government is going to invest in a few Sony PS3's to catch a predator.
"Bad guys are encrypting their stuff now, so we need a methodology of hacking on that to try to break passwords," Claude E. Davenport, an agent in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Center, told Joseph D. Szydlowski of the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. "The Playstation 3 - its processing component - is perfect for large-scale library attacks."
Federal agents usually use a Tableau/Dell server combination costing about $1,100. Then they realized they could get the same computing power out of a PS3 for far less(only $299). So they throw networked PS3 consoles at the problem, to unravel the nearly 282 trillion possibilities in a six-digit password.
"You take the ability of a single person to throw a few passwords at it a minute to a few million a second," Neil Condon, vice president of Public Affairs for AccessData Corp., told SHFW. Condon's company does investigations.