Kotaku has been hacked, change your passwords NOW

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#1  Edited By TheBlindChessman
  http://kotaku.com/5712633/commenting-accounts-compromised-++-change-your-passwords
 
[Edit: Deleted Pirate Bay link. I posted the torrent link because it was posted on Gawker's homepage as a news article so I assumed it was fine. Turns out that it was the hackers who posted it, here's some info: 
http://www.mediaite.com/online/exclusive-gawker-hacker-gnosis-explains-method-and-reasoning-behind-his-actions/  ]

  If you use the password on your Kotaku account for anything else, especially the email account linked to it, change it immediately. 
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#2  Edited By Dany

Wow, Thad terrible but what is tied to yor account anyways? Changed password

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#3  Edited By Dad_Is_A_Zombie

Thanks for the heads up. Password changed!

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yep thanks
 
also you probably shouldn't have linked the torrent with that information

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#5  Edited By WickedCobra03

great... :|  
 
I don't comment there, but still, that sucks that it went up on a torrent.

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#6  Edited By KaosAngel

It was Ebaums.

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#7  Edited By Jeust

Don't have an account in Kotaku. ^^

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#8  Edited By MysteriousBob

Thanks. 
 
Oh wait, I don't have an account on Kotaku because Kotaku is fucking cesspool.

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#9  Edited By Shadow

I didn't even remember making that account.  Password changed anyway.

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#10  Edited By elbon

Who cares it my weak password for thing I don't care about, here it is password: 1234567890

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#11  Edited By ryanwho

   So, here we are again with a monster release of ownage and data droppage.

  Previous attacks against the target were mocked, so we came along and raised the bar a little.   Fuck you gawker, hows this for "script kids"?   
 

Your empire has been compromised, Your servers, Your database's, Online accounts and source   code have all be ripped to shreds!   
 

You wanted attention, well guess what, You've got it now!

Mmm drama.
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#12  Edited By xMP44x

Thanks for the heads-up, OP. I don't have a Kotaku account though, so I am safe. The internet is really being rocked by the sudden surge of hackings though, unfortunately. Maybe this will bring the hackers to justice, but I doubt it. I don't think linking to a torrent was the best idea either, OP.

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#13  Edited By TheBlindChessman
@xMP44x said:
" Thanks for the heads-up, OP. I don't have a Kotaku account though, so I am safe. The internet is really being rocked by the sudden surge of hackings though, unfortunately. Maybe this will bring the hackers to justice, but I doubt it. I don't think linking to a torrent was the best idea either, OP. "
Gawker linked to it on their homepage, so I doubt sticking it on Giant Bomb will affect much.
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I think it's hilarious.
 
Maybe they shouldn't be so high and mighty next time and it might just stay at a 'script-kiddie' level, rather than a 'fuck-your-shit-up' level.

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#15  Edited By xMP44x
@TheBlindChessman said:
Gawker linked to it on their homepage, so I doubt sticking it on Giant Bomb will affect much. "
In that case then, yeah, I see what you mean. You can probably tell I don't check Gawker much either. :P
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#16  Edited By TheBlindChessman
@xMP44x said:
" @TheBlindChessman said:
Gawker linked to it on their homepage, so I doubt sticking it on Giant Bomb will affect much. "
In that case then, yeah, I see what you mean. You can probably tell I don't check Gawker much either. :P "
Yeah me neither, but since this blew up I've been trying to get more info to see what exactly happened.
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#17  Edited By AlexW00d

More like KotHaCku.

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@TheBlindChessman:  wait...seriously?
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#19  Edited By 1p

Did I miss the memo? Is today Kotaku day on GB?

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#20  Edited By bed
@AlexW00d said:
" More like KotHaCku. "
ohhhhhhhhh
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#21  Edited By benpack

Man I think I made an account there like, a year ago. I wonder if I even remember the login.

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#22  Edited By natetodamax

Why would people be concerned about this? Aren't Kotaku accounts just used for commenting on stories? Excuse my ignorance, I don't have an account on the site.

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#24  Edited By iam3green

awww that sucks. i don't have an account there. this gets me thinking that i shouldn't have the same password for everything except email.

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#25  Edited By joeybagad0nutz
@Jeust said:
"Don't have an account in Kotaku. ^^ "
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#26  Edited By beej

Glad I don't have a kotaku account, I'm also glad that I have multiple sets of passwords based on the importance of something.

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#27  Edited By TheBlindChessman
@natetodamax said:

" Why would people be concerned about this? Aren't Kotaku accounts just used for commenting on stories? Excuse my ignorance, I don't have an account on the site. "

You need an email account to sign up to Kotaku so they've got your email address. If you use the same password for lots of your online stuff then it could be in trouble. If the password for your Kotaku account is the same as the password for the email address you signed up to Kotaku with... well you're fucked.
 
Kotaku also allows you to login with a Facebook account. Don't know yet if that is compromised .
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#28  Edited By BraveToaster
@Jeust said:
" Don't have an account in Kotaku. ^^ "
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#29  Edited By Doctorchimp

Kotaku deserved it....

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#30  Edited By JoelTGM

lol those kinds of hackers are funny.  they always sound so defensive and insecure all the time, always threatening everyone and trying to prove something.  they're taunts always sound like some little kid who's trying to stand up for himself "you never listened to me!  now it's my turn!"

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#31  Edited By Jeffsekai

looooooooooooooooooool

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#32  Edited By JJOR64

I don't even remember my login there so I think I'm good.

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#33  Edited By Hitchenson
@natetodamax said:
" Why would people be concerned about this? Aren't Kotaku accounts just used for commenting on stories? Excuse my ignorance, I don't have an account on the site. "
If you use the same email/password combo elsewhere, or even worse, the same password for your email. Well, that's not so good.
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#34  Edited By marrec

Also, it's not just Kotaku, all of Gawker media has been compromised. So if you have an account on io9 (like me) or LifeHacker or Gizmodo, then you need to change your password as well.

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#35  Edited By natetodamax
@TheBlindChessman: @Hitchenson: Okay, that makes sense.
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#36  Edited By citizenkane

That assumes that I have an account/care about Kotaku.

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#37  Edited By Doctorchimp
@CitizenKane: grounds for topic lock/ban?
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#38  Edited By citizenkane
@Doctorchimp said:
" @CitizenKane: grounds for topic lock/ban? "
No, not really.  It's a new story of a major video game website, so I'll let this one roll on through the cycle.
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#39  Edited By Doctorchimp
@CitizenKane: Haha, jesus I love Giantbomb. Even the mods are cool.
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#40  Edited By Legend

Fail.

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#41  Edited By Diamond

Awesome, I changed my passwords on EVERYTHING just about 2 weeks ago when Square Enix's member data was partially compromised.  I'm as safe as I'll ever be.

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#42  Edited By citizenkane
@Doctorchimp said:
" @CitizenKane: Haha, jesus I love Giantbomb. Even the mods are cool. "
We try out best to serve the philosophy of Cool Baby.
 
Just keep it cool, baby.
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#43  Edited By MrKlorox

What about banned accounts? Are those still kept in their system? I can't even sign into kotaku to check what password I'm using.

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#44  Edited By zagzagovich

Huge props for a heads up. Haven't visited kotaku in years but apperently had an account on there. Changed all the passes.

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#45  Edited By zagzagovich
@MrKlorox: 
Download file parsed_db from the torrent and search for your name. It should be there.
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#46  Edited By Geno

*frantically tries to remember if I have Kotaku account* 
 
Thanks for the heads up. 

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#47  Edited By Entus
@AlexW00d said:
" More like KotHaCku. "
Took me a second to get that one. :P
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#48  Edited By Jeffsekai

I'm confused, is the thing these guys stole a live copy of the database that's going to be updated/block out the passwords they currently have? 
 
Going back and changing your gawker site pass isn't going to change anything if you still have the same e-mail/pass for everything else. 
 
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#49  Edited By MisterChief

Gawker media deserve this.

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#50  Edited By ch13696

I can't remember if I ever created an account with them. I checked and nothing shows up. But I'm going to change my email password to be on the safe side.