Twitter Virus Used By Hackers To Compromise Gawker Accounts

The hugely popular site Gawker has been a pioneer in setting standards for blogging and online publishing. Unfortunately this famous site was hacked, by a group calling itself “Gnosis”. The group leaked a file full of Gawker statistics and all the site’s user names and passwords. It also encouraged people to mine the leaked information for data that could be used on other Web sites. The leak would affect people especially if they used the same name and password combinations on other sites, such as online banking sites. Thousands of passwords were compromised, including State Dept., Congressional and NASA e-mails.

A Twitter virus touting weight loss through Acai berries, was likely connected to the hacking attack. While this looked like the kind of spammy software worm that typically hits social media sites, it actually appeared to be coming from accounts that have been hacked.

According to sources, the hackers suggested they had chosen Gawker out of spite. This is revealed from t their words written in a document that reads, “You would think a site that likes to mock people, such as Gawker, would have better security and actually have a clue what they are doing. But as we’ve proven, those who think they are beyond our reach aren’t as safe as they would like to think!”

Twitter has recommended users change their passwords to avoid the virus.

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Posted on December 15, 2010, in Social, Technology and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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