Gawker Media


Internal Memo Outlines Gawker’s Security Plan

After
a hack of systems belonging to online publishing giant Gawker Media that yielded more than one million passwords,
the online media company’s chief technology officer has announced new defense strategies
aimed at placating their users and preventing further
humiliating data breaches.

Lessons Learned From the Gawker Hack

By Jeremiah Grossman, CTO, WhiteHat SecurityEveryone sounded the alarms at the Gawker Media attack, which included a security breach of websites such as Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, and others. The numbers were impressive: 1.3 million user accounts exposed, 405 megabytes of source code lost, and perhaps more important to some, the identity of those leaving anonymous comments potentially revealed. For Gawker, there is a loss of trust that will be difficult to regain. Users are already clamoring for the ability to delete their accounts. And, on the technical side, all Gawker’s systems will need to painstakingly audited or rebuilt entirely from scratch to prevent the same thing from happening again. Happy Holidays indeed.

Massive Hack At Gawker Yields Trove of Passwords

A massive hack of systems belonging to online publishing giant Gawker Media has put gigabytes of sensitive information related to Gawker founder Nick Denton and the company’s operations online. But a trove of millions of hashed account passwords could be an even bigger problem for untold numbers of individuals, companies and government agencies.

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