Gawker [who owns Kotaku] has been hacked

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by ShadowSoldier, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. ShadowSoldier
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    Surprised I haven't seen a thread, unless it's somewhere else.

    Yep, the Gawker Media sites and personal info has all been hacked by a group/individual known as Gnosis [sort of a cool name actually].

    Gawker hackers release file with FTP, author & reader usernames/passwords

    And there was an update:

    Gawker Media is compromised. The responsible parties reach out to TNW [Updated]


    third update
    http://thenextweb.com/media/2010/12/11/has...d-gawker-media/

    Fourth Update
    http://thenextweb.com/media/2010/12/13/dig...bout-data-hack/

    Official Statement:

    "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.

    To change your password on Gawker, click your username at the top of the page and choose the "Password" link towards the middle of the next page.
    "

    Lifehacker's F.A.Q about the compromised commenting accounts
    http://lifehacker.com/5712785/


    The torrent is constantly being put up and constantly being taken down.

    Slate has a widget where you put in your username/email and it will tell you if you're compromised:
    http://www.slate.com/id/2277768/

    Here's an interesting read on the whole ordeal. It's about the most common passwords on the site:
    http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/12/13/the...edia-passwords/

    Also, here's something I wrote up that could possibly be the cause for all of this:

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  2. shlong

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    That's kinda bad.
    Glad I don't have an account Kotaku...was going to...decided not to [​IMG]
     
  3. ShadowSoldier
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    I have one. I don't think I'm affected though. Also, for those who don't read the links, the hackers put the info, 500mb of it, as a torrent for download. It has a readme with lots of passwords and for the accounts and everything.
     
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    What worse can really happen if other people used their Kotaku account?
     
  5. Law

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    Loads of people use the same passwords for different accounts.

    Many people use the exact same email address they use to register these accounts for Paypal, and usually use the same password for that too.
     
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    if they used the same stuff on their personal accounts,well they might get there hacked too [​IMG]
     
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    Time to change my gmail password
     
  8. ShadowSoldier
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    How come when I read the name "Gnosis", I can see it being a character in Final Fantasy?
     
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    Oh. Great thing I never bothered to make an account there. [​IMG]
     
  10. ShadowSoldier
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    The torrent has been taken down off the website it was uploaded to.

    I'm asking people on Kotaku to check for me if my name is in there, so far it's not.
     
  11. Urza

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    Gawker: "Bringing a bad name to internet journalism since 2003."

    Good ridance. None of Gawker's properties have any redeeming qualities. Maybe this (admittedly irrelevant) event will push some of their ignorant userbase to more reputable (and less awful) sites.
     
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    http://xenosaga.wikia.com/wiki/Gnosis

    Although there's apparently some religious connotations there too.
     
  13. ShadowSoldier
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    The only one I go to is Kotaku. I don't bother with their other sites.
     
  14. Urza

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    Kotaku is okay if you like your regurgitated gaming news sandwiched on all sides by worthless spam like HookerAids 3 the Flash Game and videos of transvestites playing Street Fighter, poorly written without anything resembling editing, sauteed with that Denton-mandated snark present in every article posted on the network.

    I surely hope you use a feed reader like any competent internet user, so at least it would be easy to skip some of the bullshit.
     
  15. ShadowSoldier
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    Which I do like. With a glass of pepsi on the side. Extra ice, and a swirly straw.
     
  16. Urza

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    Aye, people like you are the ones who make up the majority of the internet (and humanity). The ones who give Gawker the power to dominate internet journalism in these fields. People who lack the capacity of critical thought, who prefer hype to fact-checking, eschew substance for snark, aren't capable of telling the difference between valid opinion and someone just stirring the pot for hits.

    People like you are the reason that Twilight, Justin Bieber, and any movie by the Wayans Brothers makes money. Simple minds are easy to capture [​IMG]
     
  17. ShadowSoldier
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    And people like you are the reasons why others hate people like you. THE SYSTEM WORKS!
     
  18. Urza

    Urza hi

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    I suppose that resembles a coherent sentence. Guess thinking you were capable of an apt retort was a bit of an overestimation considering your posting history.

    Oh well. Don't strain yourself [​IMG]
     
  19. ShadowSoldier
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    You're expecting me to make a comeback? What's the point. I'm going to continue going to and commenting on Kotaku no matter what you say. And you're going to continue bashing Gawker media and say shit about the people who go to it no matter what I say. There's no point in making a "retort".
     
  20. Urza

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    Setting aside the fact that you thought it necessary to make the two retorts you already have, the point would be to show that you're capable of such critical thought, maybe addressing the points I bring up about the network and validating your views.

    I'm not necessarily expecting you to have this level of mental capacity, but its always nice when someone surprises you.