frontpage - 12:50 pm on Dec 13, 2010 (gmt 0)
The passwords were encrypted.
Gawker claims that the passwords are safe, yet the hackers posted the unhashed clear passwords as well.
In additional, Gawker lost its source code and CMS as well to these Wikileak fans.
After bringing the company’s websites to a standstill Sunday, one or more hackers operating under the name Gnosis released a 500 MB file apparently containing Gawker’s source code, commenter and staff passwords, and internal conversations between the company’s employees.
Update: Wikileak fans now target Gawker user's Twitter accounts with stolen passwords.
Users of Gawker Media’s Web site have just learned a harsh lesson in in using the same password for different accounts. Spammers have taken over thousands of Twitter accounts after Gawker’s servers were hacked on Sunday, giving cyber attackers access to passwords for 1.3 million passwords.
“You would think a site that likes to mock people, such as gawker, would have better security and actually have a clue what they are doing,” wrote the authors, who made repeated references to previous skirmishes between the site and the Anonymous hacking collective.
“You would think someone like Nick Denton who likes to run his mouth and taunts such an unforgiving mass like Anonymous, would use a more secure password than '24862486,'” they write elsewhere. “The sad thing is he probably believes this password is 'secure' because he likes to use it everywhere!”