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Law enforcement agencies frequently encounter encrypted digital evidence for which the cryptographic keys are unknown or unavailable. Password cracking – whether it employs brute force or sophisticated cryptanalytic techniques – requires massive computational resources. This paper evaluates the benefits of using the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) to crack passwords. The PS3 offers massive computational power at relatively low cost. Moreover, multiple PS3 systems can be introduced easily to expand parallel processing when additional power is needed. This paper also describes a distributed framework designed to enable law enforcement agents to crack encrypted archives and applications in an efficient and cost-effective manner.




Kleinhans, H., Butts, J., & Shenoi, S. (2009). Password cracking using sony playstations. In IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (Vol. 306, pp. 215–227). Springer New York LLC.

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