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Hack Of Gawker Media Sites Puts 1.3 Million Passwords At Risk




Hack Of Gawker Media Sites Puts 1.3 Million Passwords At Risk
Hack Of Gawker Media Sites Puts 1.3 Million Passwords At Risk



http://www.darkreading.com/database-security/167901020/security/application-security/228800288/hack-of-gawker-media-sites-puts-1-3-million-passwords-at-risk.html 

By Tim Wilson
Darkreading 
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 
media.

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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