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My goal in this post is to provide a one-stop, continuously updated timeline to cover the key events in the Ashley Madison data breach.Check this page for new updates on what is shaping up to be one messiest data breaches of all time and let us know in the comments if anything is missing.
August 19-20, 2015: As researchers continue to sift through the first data dump, search websites pop up that let users search to see if their email addresses were leaked. The discreet dating site that encourages people to have affairs, and the same one that got hacked in 2015 exposing the names and email addresses of millions of members, is "back", and with more users than ever.At the time of the hack 37 million people were vulnerable, according to that the site is registering at 400,000 new users per month around the world.READ MORE: * Garner: The important lesson Ashley Madison leaks taught us * Kiwi email addresses exposed by hackers' Ashley Madison data * Sex, lies - and the mystery of Ashley Madison The site claims it has over 50 million users since being founded 15 years ago, up 50 per cent since the hack."We're back, we're excited and our opportunities are significant," Keable told The New York Post. The hackers suggested up to 95 per cent of users were male.He went on to say that the news around the hack helped drive business."In the summer of 2015 we experienced unprecedented media coverage of our business." A group called the Impact Team posted a 30-day warning to Ashley Madison's then-parent company Avid Life Media to close the site down in July 2015. Tech site claimed the site was populated with more than 70,000 bots pretending to be female users and contacting hopeful men.August 24, 2015: After analyzing many of Noel Biderman's emails that were leaked in the second data dump, Brian Krebs publishes an article stating that there is evidence that Ashley Madison founding CTO Raja Bhatia had hacked competing dating site in 2012.
The leaked emails also included messages from Ashley Madison director of security Mark Steele warning Biderman of multiple cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery vulnerabilities in their codebase. August 25-26, 2015: The data dumps continue with state-by-state leaks of personal data of Ashley Madison users from New Jersey, New York, California, Georgia, and Arkansas appearing on Pastebin.
When asked to provide details about their attack, Impact Team claims that it was easy: "We worked hard to make fully undetectable attack, then got in and found nothing to bypass." As for Avid Life Media's security, "Bad. No security."August 23, 2015: The Ashley Madison data dumps continue with a third round of Pastebin leaks.
Leaked data includes a full list of government emails used for accounts (sorted by department) as well as lists of Ashley Madison users in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.
But Keable says the company does not use fake profiles now."We shut down bots in the USA and Canada in 2014 and in Australia in early 2015.
As the news surrounding the Ashley Madison hack rolls on at breakneck pace, keeping up with the latest developments in the story has been challenging.
September 9, 2015: Security researcher Gabor Szathmari announces that he has discovered poor security practices in Ashley Madison source code, the worst offense being hardcoded security credentials including "database passwords, API secrets, authentication tokens and SSL private keys." Aside from hardcoded credentials, Szathmari also noted that the website didn't employ form or email validation to help screen out bots.