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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

Former Gawker publisher Nick Denton has agreed to pay computer scientist and biotech entrepreneur Dr Shiva Ayyadurai $750,000 in damages after the blog wrote that Ayyadurai invented claims that he invented "email" in the late 1970s. The settlement was bundled along with the $31m damages paid to wrestler Hulk Hogan, aka Terry …

Speaking in Tech: Old wrestlers, billionaires, open source and cloud

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly tech-cast, this week hosted by Ed Saipetch and Ben Kepes. The cloud duo discusses Yahoo!, the Gawker debacle, the Oracle vs Google smackdown and, of course, Salesforce. Their special guest this week is Stormy Peters, VP of Developer Relations at Cloud …
Team Register, 1 Jun 2016

Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

Analysis It's long been feared that satire may be dead. But the proof seems to have arrived in reports that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel is secretly funding a Hulk Hogan sex-tape legal case against media outlet Gawker as part of a 10-year revenge fantasy for outing him as gay. The Hogan case was already a weird one: he was …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2016
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BT and F1 legend punt miracle diet in Twitter hijack

BT Business and former F1 driver Nigel Mansell both fell victim to a Twitter hijack punting a well-known diet pill spam scam. Followers of both @btbusiness and @Mansell5 were on Friday both directed towards a weight loss site, featuring an advertorial on the supposed miracle Acai Berry diet at newzonlines(dot)com. BT Business …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2011
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Sony hack reveals password security is even worse than feared

An analysis of password re-use from data spilled via the Sony and Gawker hack reveals that consumer password security is even more lax than we might have feared. A million Sony users' password/username IDs and 250,000 Gawker login credentials, each stored in plain text, were exposed via separate hacks. In each case hackers …
John Leyden, 8 Jun 2011
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Anonymous hack showed password re-use becoming endemic

Computer scientists have discovered that password re-use is far more prevalent than previously thought after comparing a sample of matched passwords that spilled out at a result of the revenge attack by Anonymous against security researchers HBGary with the earlier Gawker password breach sample set. Hackers affiliated with …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2011
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Gawker makes a hash of non-ASCII characters in passwords

Gawker is phasing out the use of email-address-and-password login in favour of more modern OAuth authentication and the use of anonymous one-off accounts. Tom Plunkett, CTO at Gawker Media, briefly explained the plans in responding to the discovery of another password-related security snafu involving the media news and gossip …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2011
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Gawker tech boss admits site security was crap

Gawker Media plans to overhaul its web infrastructure and require employees to use two-factor authentication when accessing sensitive documents stored online, following an embarrassing attack that completely rooted the publisher's servers. The publisher of Gawker, Gizmodo, and seven other popular websites also plans to, gasp, …
Dan Goodin, 18 Dec 2010
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Twitter diet spam splurge blamed on Gawker compromise

Compromised Twitter accounts are being abused to post spam messages promoting a diet website. Tens of thousands of messages promoting an acai berries diet website appeared on Sunday, prompting speculation that a worm was spreading across the micro-blogging service. However, it seems the spam fest was not caused by twits …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2010
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Gawker rooted by anonymous hackers

A band of anonymous hackers has rooted the servers of Gawker Media – turning the tables on one of the internet's most ruthless gossip rags by leaking half a gigabyte's worth of its private laundry. Known as Gnosis, the band gave props to 4chan and last week's Operation Payback, which targeted PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and other …
Dan Goodin, 13 Dec 2010
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4chan flings faeces at Gawker

An attack by hackers at 4chan on Gawker left the news blog intermittently unavailable on Wednesday. 4chan's denizens reportedly launched the attack in reprisal to a recent article on Gawker about the alleged harassment of an 11-year-old girl by users of the image board. The DDOS assault on Gawker began on Tuesday and peaked …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2010
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Apple, the iPhone 4G, the cops and the click-tart

Impressive. A not insignificant section of the intertubes is holding Apple entirely responsible for a brutal, paramilitary-style dawn raid by heavily-armed cops (we exaggerate, before they do) on the lovely home of peaceful citizen and Gizmodo editor Jason Chen. And all we actually know that Apple has done is first, ask Gizmodo …
John Lettice, 28 Apr 2010
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Apple lawyer smacks Gawker with Mac tablet hint

Super-secretive Apple has provided some of the best evidence yet that its long-rumored tablet is on the way. No, not by leaking photos or specs, but instead by threatening a website about soliciting said photos or specs. On Wednesday, Gawker Media's Valleywag blog announced its Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt, which offers hefty …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2010
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Dastardly DDoSers down Gawker

New York-based media news and gossip blog network Gawker is recovering from a debilitating denial of service attack. The assault, which began on Sunday, flooded its servers with bogus traffic, leaving legitimate visitors unable to view its network of sites. The attack ebbed and flowed on Sunday before reaching its peak on …
John Leyden, 6 Aug 2009

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