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Gnosis steals 1.3 million user accounts + passwords from Gawker (Kotaku, Gizmodo etc)

Discussion in 'Congregation of the Masses' started by Polis4rule, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Polis4rule


    Jun 21, 2008

    A group of hackers [sic] hacked Gawker Media, stealing close to 1.2 million user credentials. People who frequent Gawker sites are freaking out about it as well.

    This topic has been split as it has nothing to do with wikileaks.
  2. cantab


    Oct 22, 2009
    Show me a source that even suggests this hacking attack has anything to do with Wikileaks.
  3. evan

    evan I did my best -- I have no regrets
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    Apr 30, 2005
    Gawker claims it was just their twitter account that was hacked and that actual user data is still protected. Source

    Update: Perhaps Gawker spoke too soon.
  4. Toothache

    Toothache Let the music play!
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    Dec 27, 2004

    I don't know why Gnosis chose this media outlet among other, more well known ones, so if you believe the email exchange was from Gnosis, and all the information is to be believed, they are an interesting bunch to say the least.

    The source code has indeed been leaked already, it can be found on Pirate Bay, along with the aforementioned 1.3million emails. I know some people are lax about their passwords, but come on, 2650 apparently using 'password' as a password, and some of those are from government and education addresses?

    The question is, does this attack signal the sign of things to come? Gnosis denies they have plans for hacking other places in the future, but I hear on the BBC news that Anonymous has declared this the start of a 'cyber war'. Gnosis have made it clear they are a seperate group from Anonymous, so just what their role is in this cyber war remains to be seen.

    The concern I have is that all these recent hacks will lead to further clamp downs on the internet, especially when it comes to freedom of speech. Getting back to the topic at hand, this is also a concern for Wikileaks, since they use the internet to distribute their material and may find themselves in future blocked or closed down due to the reaction from upcoming cyber security legislation.
  5. cim

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    Jun 3, 2007
    That's pretty dumb when you consider literally anyone could post an image on 4chan declaring a "cyber war" and it would be attributable to Anonymous.
  6. Toothache

    Toothache Let the music play!
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    Dec 27, 2004
  7. Firestorm

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    Apr 18, 2007
    split from the wikileaks topic as this has nothing to do with wikileaks.

    Also, if this is true, goddamn:

    This is why I tell you all to stop visiting that pile of shit Kotaku. Gizmodo is about as bad. Lifehacker is honestly the only worthwhile site on that network.
  8. Arch


    Aug 30, 2009
    How am I gonna get my unnecessarily biased topics and horribly written entries?????
    Oh Kotaku, you used be ok when you were modest. ): (Still gonna go on there, nonetheless xD)

    Thankfully, I haven't been compromised. And hopefully, Gawker will fix their God awful "security" paper house. That is, if they learned anything from this.

    The whole "cyber war" thing is also pretty ridiculous.
  9. Morm


    Jun 10, 2008
    Simply by waging a cyber war you are feeding the most malignant of those trying to fight it, kind of like Iraq but in a medium that isn't sand.
  10. Chubbs


    Nov 29, 2010
    The BBC are complete lols. However they do have some actually rather interesting shit on their site, unfortunatley none of it is to do with computers. On a slightly related note, did anyone see the video of the riots in London over the Uni fee rise and there were multiple people wearing those masks that the people of 4chan, mainly /b/ iirc, wear all the time. I think that one of them got smashed in the face by a riot cop. /Totally not off topic.

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