Pass­word pecker

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Some phones are too dumb to let slip their se­crets. Flip-phone or candy-bar “burn­ers” of­ten hold mes­sages and in­for­ma­tion cru­cial to po­lice cases but are so prim­i­tive that soft­ware de­signed to tease out clues can’t in­ter­face with them. Burner Breaker is a com­pact brute-force pass­word bot. It can en­ter up to 14,400 com­bos a day, crack­ing most de­vices in hours. That means fewer hand cramps for po­lice. Fewer cold cases too.

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