LinkedIn Blocks Gawker Users

LinkedIn has blocked access to the accounts of users that had their e-mail passwords exposed after the hacking of Gawker Media.

The idea behind the move is to prevent users', that used the same passwords on both accounts, from having LinkedIn accounts accessed illegally.

Gawker Media, a company which runs popular websites like Gawker, Gizmodo and Jezebel, was hacked by a group known as Gnosis earlier this week. E-mail IDs belonging to 1.3 million Gawker users were publicly posted for download on torrent site The Pirate Bay.

A LinkedIn spokesperson told ZDNet Australia: "In this case our proactive approach identified a small number of LinkedIn member accounts that may be at risk due to the breach on Gawker. For those members, we have disabled their LinkedIn accounts temporarily, and we have already sent them emails with instructions on how to go to LinkedIn to reset their passwords.”

According to the NY Post, the FBI is planning to investigate the attack on Gawker.