Monday, December 13, 2010

Gawker Takes One In The Gizmodo

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Speaking of the online revolution, here's yet another example of why I don't register for very many online chat services like Twitter and, well, Gawker:
E-mail addresses and password details for 200,000 registered users of Gawker Media websites are now circulating on peer-to-peer networks after a weekend hack attack. The company warned users to change their passwords -- including on other sites, if they use the same passwords elsewhere.

The websites affected include Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot. Users are required to register, providing their e-mail address and a password, in order to leave comments on those websites.

Gawker Media Hacked, Warns Users To Change Passwords
I think you'd be well advised to do the same, or have a special junk e-mail account for all those sites that demand you cough up an e-mail address before you're clean enough to talk there.

Actually, I do both. It's still annoying when you know you'll end up with crap like this cluttering your in box when, to use the words of Network World, some site you registered at got caught with its pants down around its ankles and clown makeup on.

Meanwhile, if you have an account on Gawker and haven't yet received word of this, here's a page at its Lifehacker affiliate that tries to explain what you need to do and why.

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