PW Attack Techniques:

Hashcat Attack mode parameters

  • Dictionary (-a 0) – Reads from a text file and uses each line as a password candidate
  • Combination (-a 1) – Like the Dictionary Attack except it uses two dictionaries. Each word of a dictionary is appended to each word in a dictionary.
  • Mask (-a 3) –  Try all combinations in a given keyspace. It is effectively a Brute Force on user specified character sets.
  • Hybrid (-a 6 and -a 7) – A combination of a dictionary attack and a mask attack.

Wordlist Examples (Dictionaries):