Special note to my readers: I do not like Gawker, or their network of sites. I never have. This post may come off as 1/3 current events, and 2/3 rant.
Gawker Media, pretty much the most arrogant media house and blog conglomerate on the planet, got their ass handed to them by a group calling itself "Gnosis".
This weekend Gnosis beat Gawker like a red headed stepchild by posting about 200,000 user account emails and passwords for their various sites. note: Gawker runs Gawker.com, the gadget shithouse known as Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and various other sites where idiots pose as writers and journalists.
Of course anybody that graduated high school knows Gawker is pretty much a gigantic POS, so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. However, the really great part about this is the attack yielded a whole pile of lulz with defacement, posting of source code, additional cracking of twitter accounts, and posting of instant message logs. Not to mention the 1.5 MILLION ACCOUNTS CRACKED.
So yeah, it's safe to say that Gawker was served its ass on a silver platter this weekend.
To make matters worse for the imbeciles at Gawker, they actually brought this on themselves. First, you have to understand how arrogant and pretentious Gawker, their staff, writers, and sites are. This isn't hard. Browse any one of their sites and pick an article, the crap overflows the page, off your screen and onto the floor. Read about anyone who was ever critical of Gizmodo, or any of their other sites, you'll see so much arrogance on the part of staff and editors it's hard to believe people still visit their sites.
Second, you need to turn back the clock a bit to this summer. And refresh your memory on a certain young girl with the initials "JS". Yeah, Gawker saw fit to call out anyone and everyone who even laughed at the plight of said girl. They went on and on about "griefing", as if somehow they are god's gift to morality and we should all look to their sage wisdom.
Here's a tip boys and girls, it's never good to call people out on the internet. Nor is it a good tip to do in a bar, on the sidewalk, or really anywhere - at anytime. Except if you're Mike Tyson, it's the 90's, and you're standing in a boxing ring.
But the story doesn't end here, oh no. Gawker had the balls to talk even more trash in IRC, via email, and via IM once they started noticing "suspicious" attacks on their sites. Yeah, keep on poking that lion, it totally looks sleepy and lethargic..it's behind a cage, what can it really do?
Well, Gnosis and their group of "script kiddies" (yes, Gawker called them that) just showed them what a sleeping lion can do. It can go medieval on your ass, at a moments notice. Tearing your servers, database, accounts, and files to shreds.
Let's hope that some lessons are learned from this by both Gawker, it's readers, and the public in general. I'll try to encapsulate said lessons into simple points, in the hopes that they sink in, though I seriously doubt they will. Especially since everyone at Gawker has a history of acting like a complete jackass anytime anyone says anything even slightly negative about their "empire" or one of their sites.
- Lesson #1 - Gawker, and their sites suck.
- Lesson #2 - Never think you're too high and mighty, because someone will come over and knock your ass off that pedestal.
- Lesson #3 - DO NOT USE THE SAME PASSWORD FOR EVERY SITE YOU VISIT!
- Lesson #4 - Get your blog news, tech news, and other info from somewhere other than Gawker sites.
As a last and final note, I'd just like to send a shout out to a certain jerk editor at Gizmodo:
You suck. Your writers are worse than the average high school student, and your site is a POS. Most of the articles couldn't pass for scrawl on a bathroom door at a truck stop. I don't care how much ad revenue it earns, or who wants to suck on your ugly balls. I don't like you, your writers, or your site, and I never will.