Python Cyber Security - Check if passwords in a list have been leaked in data breaches

Python Cyber Security: Exercise-6 with Solution

Write a Python program that reads a file containing a list of usernames and passwords, one pair per line (separatized by a comma). It checks each password to see if it has been leaked in a data breach. You can use the "Have I Been Pwned" API (https://haveibeenpwned.com/API/v3) to check if a password has been leaked.

Using Python "request" module you can store the result using the following command: response = requests.get(f"https://api.pwnedpasswords.com/range/{password_hash[:5]}")

Note: You can check if your email or phone is in a data breach from here https://haveibeenpwned.com/.

Content of passwords.txt


Sample Solution:

Python Code:

import requests
import hashlib

# Read the file containing usernames and passwords
with open('passwords.txt', 'r') as f:
    for line in f:
        # Split the line into username and password
        username, password = line.strip().split(',')

        # Hash the password using SHA-1 algorithm
        password_hash = hashlib.sha1(password.encode('utf-8')).hexdigest().upper()

        # Make a request to "Have I Been Pwned" API to check if the password has been leaked
        response = requests.get(f"https://api.pwnedpasswords.com/range/{password_hash[:5]}")

        # If the response status code is 200, it means the password has been leaked
        if response.status_code == 200:
            # Get the list of hashes of leaked passwords that start with the same 5 characters as the input password
            hashes = [line.split(':') for line in response.text.splitlines()]

            # Check if the hash of the input password matches any of the leaked password hashes
            for h, count in hashes:
                if password_hash[5:] == h:
                    print(f"Password for user {username} has been leaked {count} times.")
            print(f"Could not check password for user {username}.")

Sample Output:

Password for user user2 has been leaked 9659365 times.
Password for user user3 has been leaked 251682 times.
Password for user user4 has been leaked 514 times.
Password for user user6 has been leaked 1 times


Flowchart: Check if passwords in a list have been leaked in data breaches

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