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One response to “Gawker Hacked: Seeing Past Your Nose”

  1. Dee

    I am one of the ones who’s entire online history was compromised because of this.

    I joined one of their affiliate sites for some reason or other and my email was on that list unfortunately. I don’t even remember signing up, let alone commenting. I downloaded the entire database to see what my pw even was and it looks the decryption worked.

    Luckily, I never considered sites like Gawker important, so I had a ‘lame’ password for it and so it doesn’t affect me as much as some people who used the same password across the board. It’s still pretty sucky though, and I can’t really imagine the millions of people this seriously effects. Personally, I found the response by Gawker kind of inadequate. Even on their main page it’s already not news anymore; if it wasn’t for Amazon’s alert, I might not have even realized this had happened to me. Certainly if I ever considered using the site in the past, I definitely will not now.

    People are saying that the ‘thing to take away from this,’ is the fact you shouldn’t use a ‘bad’ password, like say— password. But really, the real moral is not to use the same password everywhere; and definitely not use your more important, harder-to-guess passwords on sites like Gawker. After all, my ‘lame’ password wasn’t guessed in the end, so that point is moot in my opinion.

    The only safety you have in your password is the safety of the site itself; and I agree with you when you say that the point is only to comment then signing up for a thousand sites becomes redundant and invasive.