We reference Brutus in some of our articles, but the original site is down, so I mirrored it.
Yes, Brutus is really old. No, it’s not the best password cracker. It’s used as a classic example of a password guessing attack and it works fine for that.
The file was downloaded from http://www.darknet.org.uk/2006/09/brutus-password-cracker-download-brutus-aet2zip-aet2/ and scanned using https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/49a3e574080a63b1a24980b3a775a82b5a9f7c269318662f5bbebcf21f8cefe4/analysis/. I mirrored it in case darknet.org.uk also goes down. Yes, the file is detected by anti-viruses as a “hacking tool”. Don’t use it on production machines or anything sensitive, use at your own risk. It’s just an example of a password guessing attack tool.
The download URL is http://sergelab.net/tools/brutus.zip. The password is darknet123.