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      Hashcat is a well-known password cracker. It is designed to break even the most complex passwords. To do this, it enables the cracking of a specific password in multiple ways, combined with versatility and speed.

      Password representations are primarily associated with hash keys, such as MD5, SHA, WHIRLPOOL, RipeMD, etc. They are also defined as a one-way function — this is a mathematical operation that is easy to perform, but very difficult to reverse engineer.

      Hashcat turns readable data into a garbled state (this is a random string of fixed length size). Hashes do not allow someone to decrypt data with a specific key, as standard encryption protocols allow.

      Hashcat uses precomputed dictionaries, rainbow tables, and even a brute-force approach to find an effective and efficient way crack passwords. This article provides an introductory tutorial for cracking passwords using the Hashcat software package.