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At 3:29 p.m. on Saturday, Gawker posted a one-line link to President Obama calling WikiLeaks "deplorable." Minutes later, someone purporting to be from the 4chan-affiliated hacker group Anonymous started tweeting from the Twitter account of Gawker Media's tech site Gizmodo, claiming to have stolen 1.5 million email addresses and passwords from Gawker.com, Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.
Our user databases appear to have been compromised. The passwords were encrypted. But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack. You should change your Gawker password and on any other sites on which you've used the same passwords.
We're deeply embarrassed by this breach. We should not be in the position of relying on the goodwill of the hackers who identified the weakness in our systems. And, yes, the irony is not lost on us. For tips on creating strong passwords, see this post on Lifehacker.
The passwords were encrypted.
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.
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!”
A group of hackers on Sunday threatened to attack British government websites if WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is extradited to Sweden, according to The Telegraph.
The tool used in the attacks leaks the net addresses of everyone who used it, reveal Dutch computer scientists....
A look at the packets of data generated by LOIC showed the net address of an attacker in every one and revealed that "the tool does not take any precautions to obfuscate the origin of the attack" wrote the researchers.
This Wikileaks fans are sure classy people
The FBI and the Justice Department's computer crimes unit are searching for the hackers who launched Operation Payback, the Internet attack against companies that stopped doing business with WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
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Tal Be'ery, web research team lead at Imperva, says: "By monitoring back channel communication, we have found recommendations to create a DoS utilizing Java script that can be run from browser with no installation required. The Anonymous Group plans to camouflage the Java script behind appealing content -- such as #*$!ographic images, to entice users into unknowingly executing attacks."
If you ever created an account at Gawker, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, io9, or Fleshbot, your information was probably released (over half a million unique e-mail addresses and hashed passwords were released).
I wonder how the FBI investigation into the DOS attack on wikileaks is going.
(...) to these Wikileak fans.
Wikileak fans now target (...)
This Wikileaks fans are sure classy people (...)
the work of an 'Anonymous' sponsored conspiracy
the work of one person protesting the release of stolen content
Sure, DDOS is illegal but so is hosting stolen content.
Tal Be'ery, web research team lead at Imperva, says: "By monitoring back channel communication...
You can literally purchase the Wikileaks cables from Amazon yet Wikileaks supports are targeting Amazon still for 'censorship'.
Just goes to show most of these folks really don't know what is reality.
you keep trying to blur the line between Wikileaks and Anonymous in an effort to tarnish their name.
The poster instructs participants in the attack to use the MyFax free fax service at [myfax.com...] and recommends using a proxy to keep Anonymous, well, anonymous.
"Earlier today Assange also backed the cyber attacks on Visa, Mastercard and PayPal from his prison cell, branding the companies 'instruments of U.S. foreign policy'.
Actually he made not a single statment backing any cyber or ddos attacks.
Mark Stephens, a defense attorney for Assange "said that WikiLeaks’ technicians believe that the attacks on Wikileak websites appear to be coming from Russia and China."