We have just received an email from Gawker Media, owners of popular tech sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and many others stating that they discovered over the weekend their servers have been comprimised. The data compromised includes both usernames and passwords for anyone who has registered for any of their sites, which is a lot of us in the tech community. Below is a copy of the email sent to us. Make sure if you are registered with any of the Gawker sites that you take corrective action on your part.
Although no other sensitive data was compromised, a lot of people use the same username and password for multiple sites and logins. Their are many internet users who use the same password for everything, even their online banking.
Below is the email from Gawker. We do applaud their decision to make their community aware of the problem in such a timely manner.
This weekend we discovered that Gawker Media’s servers were compromised,
resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel,
io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot. As a result, the user name
and password associated with your comment account were released on the
internet. If you’re a commenter on any of our sites, you probably have
We understand how important trust is on the internet, and we’re deeply
sorry for and embarrassed about this breach of security. Right now we
are working around the clock to improve security moving forward. We’re
also committed to communicating openly and frequently with you to make
sure you understand what has happened, how it may or may not affect you,
and what we’re doing to fix things.
This is what you should do immediately: Try to change your password in
the Gawker Media Commenting System. If you used your Gawker Media
password on any other web site, you should change the password on those
sites as well, particularly if you used the same username or email with
that site. To be safe, however, you should change the password on those
accounts whether or not you were using the same username.
We’re continually updating an FAQ (http://lifehac.kr/eUBjVf) with more
information and will continue to do so in the coming days and weeks.