Can a hacker use a brute-force attack to steal an online password?
Source: PC World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Intrusion Detection Harish Kumar asked if a brute force attack--which tries random text strings until one turns out to be your password—would work on major websites. “Will Facebook allow millions of failed attempts?” We all know that cybercriminals successfully hack Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft accounts. In one recent three-day period, two readers emailed me for advice on recovering their hacked Twitter accounts. (I point them to Your Twitter account has been hacked! Here's what to do about it.)

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