Gawker got hacked last weekend. A group of hackers stole and posted the e-mails and passwords of more than a million registered users of Gawker company sites like Gawker, Gizmodo and Jezebel.
The expected and sensible response was a collective refresher on Internet security tips. All of them could've been boiled down to just one word. Care.
The breach coughed up a strangely fascinating list of the sites' 25 most popular passwords. Gracious. What do they say about who we are at this moment in time?
They say we can't remember. No. That's not right. They say we can't be bothered. They say: Movies from the '80s? Inflated egos? Is baseball, not football, still the national pastime? Surely not. And what on earth to make of the fact that the most popular password that can't be chalked up to blank-faced indifference is . . . monkey? Also: Cheese?
Some words that come to mind looking at this list for any length of time:
Michael Kruse, Times staff writer
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