By Tim Wilson
Dec 13, 2010
Individuals claiming to be part of the hacker group Gnosis are
contacting the press to explain their attacks on the popular Gawker
Media sites during the past 24 hours.
According to a report in the publication Mediaite, a member of Gnosis
says his group's attacks have nothing to do with the group Anonymous,
which has been launching DDoS attacks on major websites in protest over
the treatment of WikiLeaks.
The writer says Gnosis has retrieved some 274,000 passwords of the
nearly 1.3 million that reside in Gawker's extensive database. The group
published an article on Gawker that contains a link to the compromised
code, and it has reportedly sent samples of unhashed user data to some
But the attack has nothing to do with WikiLeaks, according to the
writer. It was initiated primarily because of the "arrogance" displayed
by Gawker administrators who were talking about WikiLeaks and suggested
hackers should "bring it on."
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