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WordPress Plugin that tells you if any of your readers are on the Gawker Hacker List

There was a huge data breach this past week in the Gawker network. Usernames and passwords (while supposedly still encrypted) were released via torrents making the data readily available to anyone.

Gawker, being one of the largest publications online, makes this sort of a big deal. There is a good chance that some of your readers also frequent a part of the Gawker network (ie: Gizmodo, Lifehacker, io9, etc) and there is a chance that some of your readers use the same credentials on your website as they do on those sites where their accounts are compromised.

Between the kind folks at SecTheory and Joost De Valk, a WordPress plugin has been created for finding users who’s accounts may be compromised on your own website.

The plugin allows you to detect user accounts on your site that may have been compromised, and then reset their passwords and contact those users. If you have a blog with a lot of registered members, this may be a great way to protect some of your readers.

It’s unfortunate for data breaches like this to happen, but they are possible. This makes a great case for why you should always use unique credentials wherever you create a user account to protect yourself.


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