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Gawker Hackers Send Ripples Through Internet

Thousands of users are scrambling to change their passwords after social network Gawker issued an alert that hackers breached its database.

The hackers posted the email addresses and passwords of 1.5 million users online for everyone to view. This sent a chaotic dash by users and other internet organizations like Facebook to urge users to change the passwords after it was revealed many users were using the same passwords for different sites across the internet.

“We are contacting you as your Gilt email address matches an email address published in the Gawker list,” the email says. “As many people often use the same password for multiple sites, we strongly suggest that you change your Gilt password as well as do so on other sites where the password you have is the same as your Gawker password.”

Facebook scrambled to disable accounts it felt were compromised by the data breach, and World of Warcraft sent notices warning its users of possible security lapses.

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