Gawker web properties hacked; FTP, author & reader usernames & passwords released online

“Gawker Media is under siege at the moment, fighting off attacks from a group of attackers that have been able to compromise the entire database of Gawker Media’s web properties,” Matt Brian reports for TNW. “Sensitive information has been exposed, including staff conversations, their private passwords used within the network and passwords also used by people who have registered to comment.”

“All of the above information has been outputted by Gnosis, a group who wanted to seemingly put Gawker back in its place, creating a 500MB torrent file, currently residing on the popular torrent tracker ThePirateBay,” Brian reports. “Inside the torrent file lies a file entitled Readme.txt. This file is potentially the most sensitive of them all, for it holds the usernames and passwords used by the entire Gawker staff, focusing particularly on Gawker’s founder Nick Denton. The usernames and passwords to Denton’s Google Apps, Twitter, Campfire accounts are all listed; Denton uses the same password for them all.”

Brian reports, “If you’re worried about whether your Gawker user password has been compromised or not, the company’s Lifehacker blog has published a FAQ on the issue. Essentially, if you logged in to comment on Gawker, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, io9, or Fleshbot you need to change the password for both your Gawker account and anywhere else you use that password.”

Full article here.

Kashmir Hill reports for Forbes, “In addition to being an embarrassing breach of security, given that many of Gawker’s scoops come from anonymous sources, this attack could lead to some uncomfortable — and possibly litigation-inspiring — unmaskings. ‘We went after Gawker because of their outright arrogance,’ a member of Gnosis tells Mediaite. ‘We have had access to all of their emails for a long time as well as most of their infrastructure powering the site.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Karma.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “KenC” for the heads up.]


  1. Couldn’t have happened to a better group of people.

    Between this and the uprising of support on behalf of WikiLeaks, the hacker community has really been a force for good the past couple weeks.

  2. Just to be clear, if you have ever posted a comment on any of Gawker’s properties, including Gizmodo, then your email address and password were exposed!

    I’ve already gotten an email from Google, telling me that my email password needed changing today, because of it.

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