Ashley Madison user passwords cracked

A group calling itself CynoSure Prime recently discovered a programming error which allowed it to crack millions of Ashley Madison user passwords.

The passwords are protected by bcrypt, a hash function to make cracking a password stored in a database difficult and time consuming.

However, CynoSure Prime found a weakness in the Ashley Madison source code – which was posted online – which allowed it to crack the passwords.

According to Ars Technica, CynoSure Prime exploited the weakness to crack more than 11 million passwords, and it “hopes to tackle another four million in the next week or two”.

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