[ broot-fawrs uh-tak ]
/ ˈbrutˈfɔrs əˌtæk /
a computer hacking technique in which every possible combination of characters is tried until the sought-after password or encryption key is found: A malicious hacker may resort to a brute-force attack to gain entry to your account.
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Origin of brute-force attack
First recorded in 2000–05
Words nearby brute-force attack
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