[Cryptography] millions of Ashley Madison bcrypt hashes cracked efficiently

Bill Frantz frantz at pwpconsult.com
Fri Sep 11 20:33:28 EDT 2015

What I find interesting is that the security failure at Ashley 
Madison is the first security failure I know of which has 
seriously impacted individual people. When your bank account is 
cracked, the bank makes it right. When you SSN is misused, there 
are ways to make it right. Admittedly any of these problems can 
be a royal PITA, but you don't lose any reputation when your 
accounts get cracked this way, even if your own negligence 
contributed to the incident.

With the Ashley Madison crack, people are being outed for 
behavior that does not have approval in much of society. The 
affected people are seeing the results in their relations with 
friends, neighbors, coworkers, employers, etc.

The next question is, will an event which affects individuals 
have an effect on net security? The costs of cracks have had an 
effect on businesses. Will this crack change individual's behavior?

Cheers - Bill

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