Gawker Media's comments database, containing thousands of user names and passwords, has been compromised by unidentified hackers.
According to PC Mag, the company first refused to acknowledge the breach, but later wrote a note on the website admitting that the database had indeed been compromised. Gawker also advised users to change their passwords.
Gawker editorial directer Scott Kidder wrote: “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.”
The news was first broken by Mediaite, which claimed that an unidentified individual had contacted them claiming responsibility for the attack.
The individual said that Gawker was attacked for its arrogance and for the fact that it claimed not to be afraid of members of the notorious 4Chan message board, a reported hub for hackers, Mediaite reports.