Gawker gets hacked

The Gawker blogging network has apologised to its 1.5 million userbase after it was the victim of a hack that revealed people’s passwords.

Gawker was reportedly attacked because of its dismissive attitude to the 4Chan forum – where a high number of ‘hacktivists’ have united to attack various global websites.

They have declared “the world’s first cyber war” on organisations that, in their view, undermine WikiLeaks as a result of pressure from the US.

Last week, the websites for Mastercard, Visa, PayPal and Amazon were attacked, after they chose to cancel all business dealings with the whistleblowing website.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 265 of Media Digest.




“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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