Gawker Attack Spreads To Twitter

The recent attack on gossip sight Gawker Media has allowed spammers to hijack thousands of Twitter accounts.

Twitter users affected found their accounts were posting spam messages advertising the Acai Berry diet.

According to Twitter’s trust and security team head Del Harvey, the two incidents are related due to users having the same password on both their Gawker and Twitter accounts. Rik Fergurson, a security researcher at Trend Micro, further illustrated the case by saying to the BBC: "It's all too common that people use the same password for multiple accounts.”

Gawker’s comment database was attacked yesterday by members of 4Chan, an image board website often associated with Anonymous.

According to the BBC, 1.3 million user passwords were compromised and a file containing the data was then shared on 4Chan.