Definition of dictionary attack in English:

dictionary attack

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


  • An attempted illegal entry to a computer system that uses a dictionary headword list to generate possible passwords.
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    • 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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