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dictionary attack Syllabification: dic·tion·ar·y at·tack

Definition of dictionary attack in English:


An attempted illegal entry to a computer system that uses a dictionary headword list to generate possible passwords.
Example sentences
  • The methods are secure against off-line dictionary attack and incorporate an otherwise unauthenticated public key distribution system.
  • Unfortunately, an eavesdropper can capture the hash transmitted by a WPA supplicant and run an off-line dictionary attack against the hash to deduce the password used to create it.
  • Both tools are written for Linux systems and perform a brute-force dictionary attack against WPA-PSK networks in an attempt to determine the shared passphrase.
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