Brute Force Attack

A brute force attack is a type of cyber attack where an attacker attempts to crack a password or encryption key by trying every possible combination of characters until the correct one is found.

In a brute force attack, the attacker uses automated software or tools to try different combinations of passwords, starting with the most common or likely passwords and continuing until they find the correct one. This type of attack can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, especially for longer and more complex passwords, but it can be effective if the password is weak or easy to guess.

Brute force attacks are often used to gain unauthorized access to online accounts, such as email or social media accounts, as well as to decrypt encrypted data. To prevent these attacks, it's important to use strong, complex passwords and enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. It's also important to keep software and operating systems up-to-date, as many security vulnerabilities that allow brute force attacks can be fixed through software updates.

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