Well it had to happen to someone sometime. Gawker, the company that owns Gizmodo and other sites, has been hacked and 1.3 million accounts have been released as a torrent file on the Internet. That means that if you ever registered with any of their sites, your email and possibly password might be accessible to anyone. The group behind the attack, calling themselves Gnosis, have stated that “We went after Gawker because of their outright arrogance”. While many would agree with that statement, it’s hardly a reason to let 1.3 million users suffer.
Either way, the bottom line is still the same: if you have an account with Gawker, you should change your password on sites that use the same password or variations of it. Not a simple task for some, for sure. However, it’s not necessarily that grim. It appears as if the majority of accounts have either not had their password cracked or this has been blanked out prior to the release, stating the password as “NULL”. However the exception is a document called “dumb passwords” which list the full email and password of people with stupid passwords like “password” or “qwerty”. So if you know you have a password that would require at least half a brain to come up with you’re probably safe, and if not then you already have major security issues.