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Ben Parr Talks Gawker Hack on G4

Mashable co-editor Ben Parr appeared on G4’s “Attack of the Show” today to discuss the Gawker hacks and give his opinion on the impact this could have. Many people have gone about their business today after reading the news, not particularly caring one way or the other about the security breach. Many of us laughed a bit over our morning coffee, of course.

What the majority of people failed to realize, though, is how far-reaching this could potentially be. Hundreds of thousands of username/password combinations are now in the hands of hackers. How many of those people are you willing to wager use that same combo on other sites, such as Nick Denton himself does for Twitter, Facebook and Gmail? Out of those people, how many actually changed their passwords today to lock down their various accounts?

Sadly, not many people are listening. Approximately twenty-four hours ago, Twitter was taken over for a while by many MANY thousands of Tweets talking about Acai berry juice or some such nonsense. At first, people assumed that there was a worm spreading quickly through the popular social networking site. Later research revealed the scary truth: the compromised Twitter accounts were people whose Gawker accounts had been hacked. Someone simply used the information to prove yet another point. This one was made on Twitter. Will the next one be made on Facebook?

Change your passwords, people.

Twitter Accounts Hacked by Turkish Hackers

Over the past several hours, more than 1000 Twitter accounts have seemingly been “hacked” into. All of the compromised accounts appear to be owned by people residing in Israel. Each of the accounts now bore messages saying simply “Hacked by Turkish Hackers.”

There is very little information at this point in time, but we will update this post as we find out more. In glancing through many of the affected accounts, one thing does stand out: each of them appear to have very few (if any) followers and tweets sent. I’ve seen many people already speculating as to whether this is just a ploy where someone(s) decided to have fun by setting up a ton of new accounts and then making it appear they were hacked.

As I said, everything is speculation right now. Twitter themselves haven’t even come out to say anything official on the matter. I don’t need to remind you to make sure your password is secure, right?