FBI investigates Gawker hack attack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into the recent cyber attack on Gawker Media's commenting system.

The attacks on Sunday, by a group known as Gnosis, led to the theft of 1.3 million Gawker member user names and passwords. This led to some members having their Twitter accounts taken over by spammers.

According to The New York Post, FBI investigators are scheduled to meet Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton to discuss the attack.

"We’re deeply embarrassed by this breach." Denton confessed. We need to improve our internal procedures for the sharing of administrative passwords. And improve the encryption of passwords in case the user database is ever compromised," he told The Post.

Gawker Media runs gossip websites related to the entertainment world and the technology sector, including Gawker, Gizmodo, Kotaku, and Lifehacker

The hackers managed to gain entry into the company's commenting system and stole 1.3 million of the 1.5 million user names and passwords that were stored. They were apparently miffed that Denton and other staffers at Gawker had referred to mischief makers at 4Chan as "script kiddies".

The hackers subsequently posted around 200,000 e-mail addresses belonging to Gawker users on the Pirate Bay.