Over the weekend Gawker Media servers were hacked by 'Gnosis'. Nearly 1.25 million accounts including more than 500,000 user e-mails and 185,000 passwords were posted on The Pirate Bay1. This resulted in security breaches for a number of sites; Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin and Fleshbot account leaks have all occurred2. Gawker boss Nick Denton is expected to meet with FBI investigators and urges users to change their passwords3.
Users concerned their password may have been leaked should use Slate's widget available here:
After entering your username or email address the widget will check the leaked information to advise if you have been affected. It is then strongly recommended users reset their passwords on all other online accounts especially if their password for Gawker is used elsewhere.
Gawker's FAQ on the issue is located on lifehacker here: