It took just 10 days to crack over 11 million Ashley Madison passwords

It took just 10 days to crack over 11 million Ashley Madison passwords


A cracking team called Cynosure Prime has deciphered over 11.2 million passwords from the recent Ashley Madison hack in just 10 days, thanks to a programming blunder that made the task surprisingly easy. After the hackers publicly leaked mountains of documents, emails and data including roughly 37 million users’ details, Cynosure Prime sifted through the site’s source code and found 15.26 million passwords that were secured using MD5, a hashing algorithm that’s faster than others like bcrypt, but far less effective. One of the group’s members estimates that the blunder made by Ashley Madison’s security team allowed them to crack…

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