While it originally appeared that yesterday’s Gawker hack was linked to WikiLeaks supporters Anonymous (which at this point has a slew of pseudonyms, including Operation Avenge Assange and Operation Payback), it now appears that’s simply not the case. According to the group now taking credit for it, the site’s security override wasn’t a gesture of a WikiLeaks alliance; it was simply to put Gawker in its place for thinking it could outsmart hackers.
In an interview with The Next Web, the group responsible for compromising approximately 1.5 million Gawker accounts, reveals that there is still a gaping hole in the site’s security. Three members of Gnosis (as they’re known) gave interviews exposing more about their group as well as some insight into Gawker’s situation.
Gnosis claims to be a 13-member (although there are “three ‘others’”), invite-only, leader-less group. While they reaffirm they are not connected to 4chan, one of the members does mention that “4chan’s influence on the net is large and several of our members visit the site. We don’t directly agree with some of 4chan’s tactics, or rather ‘anon’s’ tactics.”
They also claimed that the attack was completely unrelated to the tension between 4chan and Gawker, and once again said it was in response to Gawker’s “sheer arrogance.” One of Gnosis’ members also reached out to The Daily Beast, and claimed that a second hole remains open on Gawker’s site, and that user accounts are still not secure. The source also said that Gawker has been suffering security exposure for months and that staff knew about it.
And Gawker may not be the only site hit by Gnosis. In the interview, they report that when it comes to attacking elsewhere, they “have a few pokers in the fire,” and plan to “revisit” Gawker in the future to see if it’s learned a lesson in security. But Gnosis may not get the chance to, as the FBI is now investigating the digital break-in.