This morning, I received the following email:

This weekend we discovered that Gawker Media’s servers were compromised,

resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel,

io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot. As a result, the user name

and password associated with your comment account were released on the

internet. If you’re a commenter on any of our sites, you probably have

several questions.

We understand how important trust is on the internet, and we’re deeply

sorry for and embarrassed about this breach of security. Right now we

are working around the clock to improve security moving forward. We’re

also committed to communicating openly and frequently with you to make

sure you understand what has happened, how it may or may not affect you,

and what we’re doing to fix things.

This is what you should do immediately: Try to change your password in

the Gawker Media Commenting System. If you used your Gawker Media

password on any other web site, you should change the password on those

sites as well, particularly if you used the same username or email with

that site. To be safe, however, you should change the password on those

accounts whether or not you were using the same username.

We’re continually updating an FAQ (http://lifehac.kr/eUBjVf) with more

information and will continue to do so in the coming days and weeks.

So…make sure you change your password! You might want to reach LibrarianbyDay’s advice on creating a password. She cites the following from LifeHacker’s How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords (one of the compromised listed above):

It would take a hacker 5.15 minutes to hack your 6 character all lower case password.  Add in numbers, symbols and capital letters and it goes up to 8.51 days
Ironic, huh? I know I’m changing all my passwords!

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