Gawker Hack Leads to Twitter 'Acai' Spam Attack

Monday Dec 13th 2010 by Staff

Gawker commenters should change their passwords.

PCMagazine: Over the weekend, someone hacked into Gawker's commenter database, gaining access to 1.5 million usernames, e-mail addresses and passwords. Now the damage has spread to Twitter, with many of those whose accounts were compromised receiving spam tweets about acai berry.

Gawker recommends that its commenters change their passwords immediately. "The passwords were encrypted. But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack You should change the password on Gawker (GED/commenting system) and on any other sites on which you've used the same passwords," Gawker said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, you should also change your company email password and any passwords that might have appeared in your email messages."

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