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Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:07:51 +0200
From: Albert Veli <>
Subject: Re: When was John created?

I used a unix tool called just "crack" previously and sometime around
1997 (circa) I first heard about JtR and tried it out. It was much
faster so I started using it. I think it was Solar Designer who wrote it
back then so he should know when it was first released.

On 2015-09-10 04:21, nyxgeek wrote:
> I've searched far and wide to determine the creation date of John the Ripper, but have so far been unsuccessful. 
> The change logs on seem to only go back to 2002. I used Google's Ngram viewer to search and it seems likely that it was created in 1993 or so?
> I did find a mention in a site dated from 1996 that says "John the Ripper is a relatively new UNIX password cracker..."
> I figure that if anybody knows it would be someone on this list. 
> Best,
> nyxgeek

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