On Sunday, hackers broke into Gawker Media, stole the user database, and promptly posted it on the Internet. Now, the email addresses and passwords of 1.3 million Gawker accounts – used to post comments to Gizmodo, Deadspin, Lifehacker and other major blogs – were exposed to prying eyes of all kinds.
Fortunately, Gawker protected the passwords by encoding them. Alas, they goofed and used obsolete 1980s-era technology to do it. The upshot? Anyone could grab the database, run it through a cracker, and in minutes, have their hands on literally thousands of Gawker Media account passwords.
- The most common password? 123456.
- The second most common? password.
- Fox Mulder might have been sharp, but trustno1 is not.
- baseball > superman > football > soccer > batman.