Gawker Introduces Better Security Measures After Attack

Gawker Media's chief technology officer Thomas Plunkett has outlined heightened security measures for the site.

The new security guidelines have been enacted in response to the recent attack by hacker group Gnosis, who broke into the company's comments database and stole the usernames and passwords of 1.4 million Gawker users. The hackers then shared sharing the data online.

Gawker Media runs the popular websites Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker and Jezebel.

In an e-mail to staff, CTO Plunkett informed the company's employees about the new security measures.

"This has been a very unfortunate event in Gawker Media history, and we have learned much from it. Above all, this has been an enormous inconvenience for everyone affected, and for this I apologise. You can expect a much more responsive and proactive technology and product team for 2011", Plunkett wrote.

The improvements include SSL security on all Gawker accounts on Google Apps. Additionally, people requesting access to sensitive information, such as legal, financial or accounting documents, will have to undergo a two-step authorisation procedure.

The data breach is now being investigated by the FBI in the US.