Gawker Media Sites’ Passwords Hacked

December 13th, 2010

Computer SecurityToday I received two random emails telling me that my password credentials had been hacked for the Gawker Media sites, including, a primary source for Chad’s News articles, as well as,,,,,,, and At first I though this was a rather obvious spam/hack attempt, but after some quick research I learned that the Gawker Media database had indeed been hacked, and that my login credentials (username, email address, and password) have been posted to the web. Since this is a password I use extensively for non-critical logins, I’m going to have to change it for something nearing a hundred web sites. Note that the compromised passwords were encrypted, but that the encryption scheme is fairly easy to break.

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