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Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:44:54 +1000
From: Christian Heinrich <>
Subject: Re: When was John created?

The earliest archive I can find is on the web mirror of John the
Ripper hosted at
dated 7 December 1998.

On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 6:07 PM, Albert Veli <> wrote:
> 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

Christian Heinrich

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