This 6th Grader’s After School Job Is Creating Cryptographically Secure Passwords By Hand
Running a lemonade stand is so 20th century. Plus the Department of Health will totally get up in your grill, even if that grill is covered in braces. So Mira Modi, an 11-year-old New Yorker, decided to invent a more modern version of childhood commerce: an online business selling hand-generated, hand-written security passwords that are superior to anything your brain can muster.
Her method of generating cryptographically secure passphrases, Diceware, has been around since 1995, the same year Angelina Jolie’s Hackers inspired hordes of horny nerds to ruin the Internet for everyone. But Modi has added a unique twist to the system, perhaps because she feels inspired by her mother Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. Interested parties can go to Modi’s website, DicewarePasswords.com, and throw down $2 for her to make them a password. The sixth grader then rolls actual dice (creating randomness) and uses a printed copy of the Diceware word list to develop the customer’s 6-word passphrase. She then writes the words on a piece of paper and mails it off via the U.S. Postal Service, which as her website reminds, “cannot be opened by the government without a search warrant.”According to a discussion the young entrepreneur had with Ars Technica, she’s sold “around 30” passwords so far, but she’s hoping her website will make it easier to drum up business. “I wanted to make it a public thing because I wasn’t getting very much money,” she said. “I thought it would be fun to have my own website.” Oh, having your own Snapchat account isn’t good enough anymore? You need your own online Diceware password generating business as well? Kids! They say the darnedest cryptographically secure 6-word passphrases!
(Via Ars Technica)