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Hack Attack on Gawker Media Means Time to Change Your Password



If you’ve ever created an account and left a comment on Gizmodo, LifeHacker or any of the Gawker Media sites, this would be a good time to change your passwords, especially if you use the same password on other sites.

A group of hackers called Gnosis launched the attack and comprised passwords have already led to spam on Twitter. The attack has revealed not only the passwords but internal communication traffic on Gawker’s network and FTP information. You can read all about the event here and here and here, but the bottom line is you need to change passwords and learn the lesson that it isn’t a great idea to use the same passwords on multiple sites no matter how convenient it may be.

UPDATE: Here’s a process for you to check if your password has been hacked in this mess.



  1. tivoboy

    12/13/2010 at 2:55 pm

    My recommendation at this time, would be to
    A:) figure out if you use the same password you use on a Gawker site, on OTHER sites
    B:) change the passwords on OTHER sites NOW!!!
    C:) do NOT change the password on the GAWKER site now to some universal password, since the site MAY be hacked again. Clearly they have a problem.

    Key right NOW is to make sure that your password which MAY have been compromised is not used on OTHER sites, like your email, bank, travel accounts, etc.

  2. Corinne

    12/13/2010 at 3:38 pm

    Good thing I use lastpass. Random password for every site.

  3. David Howard

    12/13/2010 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks guys, my name was in there as compromised so I was able to respond. I started using Lastpass today and it seems a little flakey, but I am on the beta version of FireFox 4.

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