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12-13-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Well it had to happen to someone sometime. Gawker, the company that owns Gizmodo and other sites, has been hacked and 1.3 million accounts have been released as a torrent file on the Internet. That means that if you ever registered with any of their sites, your email and possibly password might be accessible to anyone. The group behind the attack, calling themselves Gnosis, have stated that “We went after Gawker because of their outright arrogance”. While many would agree with that statement, it’s hardly a reason to let 1.3 million users suffer.

Either way, the bottom line is still the same: if you have an account with Gawker, you should change your password on sites that use the same password or variations of it. Not a simple task for some, for sure. However, it’s not necessarily that grim. It appears as if the majority of accounts have either not had their password cracked or this has been blanked out prior to the release, stating the password as “NULL”. However the exception is a document called “dumb passwords” which list the full email and password of people with stupid passwords like “password” or “qwerty”. So if you know you have a password that would require at least half a brain to come up with you’re probably safe, and if not then you already have major security issues.
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This weekend we discovered that Gawker Media's servers were compromised, resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot.
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The guys from gawker are pretty dumb.

they are way too cocky
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It is more about changing your password if you happen to have registered for those websites. (I'm quite sure some here frequent kotaku, gizmodo and for me lifehacker)

The main concern your passwords are released in a torrent file and distributed to the public.
Meaning your username, email and password is out in the public.

So if you do use the same password for your email or username for any other site, you better change it.
People can just google your username and try out your password on other sites.

Sadly i'm registered, but my email always have a separate password.
Maybe it is time i made use of lastpass password generation.
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They only distributed dumb passwords... like "password". Better to change it anyway though.
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really?
i'm still downloading that torrent to see if mine is listed.
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That's what the article says at least. It states that most passwords were either blanked out or replaced with NULL. Dumb ones like "qwerty" and "password" were left in. Still a good idea to change it because even if yours didn't get distributed, the hackers still know what it is.
 
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nah iz more than that, was looking through the list
thou i didn't see mine
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