Day: December 22, 2010

What I learned from the Gawker hacker debacle

What I learned from the Gawker hacker debacle

Internet
I've always considered myself to be a pretty savvy internet/computer type of guy.  I've never fallen for any of those Nigerian prince 419 scams, my computer has never been infected with a virus, and I've never even been successfully Rickrolled.  But I, and hundreds of thousands of others who happen to belong to one of Gawker Media's blogs (Deadspin, Gizmodo, Fleshbot, Lifehacker, etc.) got a very rude awakening a few weeks ago. That's when it was revealed that a group of hackers called Gnosis has successfully hacked Gawker's source code and databases and made off with, among other things, the entire database of Gawker's commenter accounts.  Two important facts came out of this security breach: one, Gawker's security sucks and two, way too many people are way too lazy with their password