IO9, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Gawker User IDs and Passwords Compromised– Change Yours NOW!
See that patch on the head? Somebody opened it and scooped out a lot of information, including information about you.
There was an extremely large disclosure of usernames, e-mail addresses,
and lightly-encrypted passwords from Gawker over the weekend, part of an ongoing war between Gawker and 4chan.
If you ever created an
account at Gawker, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin,
io9, or Fleshbot– say, to comment on a story– your information was probably released (over half a million
unique e-mail addresses and hashed passwords were released, including one of mine). There are active
exploits of this information in the wild, including a lot of spam on Twitter coming from compromised accounts. Protect
yourself by changing your password everywhere except the compromised sites.
You can find out if one of your IDs was compromised by going to GawkerCheck.com and following the instructions. Do it right now, before you find yourself hawking Acai Berry juice to all your friends, family, and followers.