Kevin Mitnick, a former hacker thug who spent several years in prison in the 1990s for various computer crimes, showed off his latest development, a powerful system with 30 high-end GeForce graphics cards. You're probably wondering, "Can it run Crysis?" Sure, she has enough power to flip pixels around like a high school bully on steroids. However, its real purpose is to crack passwords with the same speed and ease with which Hercules cracks a walnut.
For those unfamiliar with Mitnick, you can quickly check out his biography on Google or the Wikipedia page. His career as a hacker began as a teenager and only got more interesting. The Department of Justice and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation are, of course, familiar with this man, who is considered the most famous hacker in the world. He evaded both agencies for years...until he got caught.
The successful "Free Kevin" campaign helped Mitnick get an early release after more than five years in prison. He currently works as a security consultant. He is also CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting and Chief Executive of Hacking at KnowBe4, among other roles on his growing resume.
In messages posted on Facebook and Twitter, Mitnick uploaded photos of a "password cracker" that the KnowBe4 team helped him set up. The powerful configuration features two dozen NVIDIA flagship graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 4090 based on the Ada Lovelace architecture, as well as six GeForce RTX 2080 cards based on the Turing architecture.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090, the best graphics card for consumers, is great for cracking passwords. One can only imagine how efficient a configuration with 24 of these graphics cards and six older, higher-end cards would be in performing the same task.