Gawker Hacked, Asks Users to Change Passwords

“We’re deeply embarrassed by this breach”

It was the hack that silenced a thousand snarky comments — and probably launched a thousand more.

Gawker Media Inc. said in a posting on its website Sunday that its user database had been hacked, making some profiles vulnerable.

From the post:

"Our user databases appear to have been compromised. The passwords were encrypted. But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack. You should change your Gawker password and on any other sites on which you've used the same passwords.

We're deeply embarrassed by this breach. We should not be in the position of relying on the goodwill of the hackers who identified the weakness in our systems. And, yes, the irony is not lost on us.