The company said that the information that was breached included e-mail addresses, user names, and passwords used to access the sites’ commenting sections. What makes this a serious security breach is the sheer volume of information hacked. The family of Web sites receives millions of hits every month, and the hack is a portent to those who might also be using the same log-in information for other, more meaningful Web sites, like banking or bill pay services.
Gawker Media’s subscribers have been urged to change passwords for other Web sites that use the same log-in information.
Another tip to consider when creating Web identities is to use two different passwords and user names; one for casual websites like blogs or social networking sites, and a different user name and password for financial and personal pages.
For more information on the Gawker security breach and how it can affect you, visit Lifehacker’s FAQ on the issue.