More and more fascinating utilities are being open sourced by their authors. The last week saw two very interesting utilities which had been closed source and popular – hashcat and ZeroDB.
hashcat is a multi-algorithm, multi-OS, strong password recovery utility that also happens to be the world’s fastest password cracker. To get an idea of how powerful it is: it supports 150+ algorithms to crack passwords. The author cites several reasons behind the decision to go open source, the primary one being the ease of implementing custom GPU kernels by hashcat users.
ZeroDB is an end-to-end encrypted database, making it possible to store your data anywhere without bothering about the security of the server. It also supports remote queries without having to download the full database. The primary reason behind the decision is collaboration.