Cryptography

This 11-year-old girl will sell you a secure password for $2

If your password is “123456,” your pet’s name, or, well, “password,” you might want to ping sixth grader Mira Modi. The 11-year-old New Yorker is slinging secure passwords for two dollars a pop at dicewarepasswords.com. To generate the passwords, Modi uses a good ol’ system called Diceware that involves tossing six-sided dice and matching the random numbers to an extensive list of words. Why opt for this option? A string of six truly random words is tough to crack, but easy for people to remember. Modi then writes the string by hand on paper, then snail mails it to her customer. (So far, she has sold “around 30” passphrases.) Her interest in privacy might run in the family – her mother is journalist Julia Angwin, who wrote a book called Dragnet Nation that explores “privacy, security, and freedom in a world of relentless surveillance.” In addition to being a vocal advocate of strong passwords, Modi would like to learn more about digital security and hacking. Let’s hope she doesn’t switch to the dark side.

Read the full story at Ars Technica.

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