Gawker Tightens Security in Wake of Breach

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 12-20-2010 Print Email
A memo from the media company outlines the ways in which it will tighten security to protect users against further attacks.

Gawker Media has implemented a number of changes to tighten security, according to a staff memo posted online on a Poynter Institute blog.

The changes follow a recent hack that compromised user passwords and corporate communications. Gawker did not respond to a request for comment on the memo, but in the message, Gawker CTO Tom Plunkett highlighted a number of moves to strengthen security.

Among them, he wrote, is that the company has now enabled SSL protection for all employees with Gawker Media accounts on Google Apps.

"Also effective immediately: If you require access to sensitive materials (legal, financial, or accounting documents) on Google Docs, you must have two-factor authentication setup on your account," according to the memo. "No documents will be shared with personal Gmail accounts. We are also strongly encouraging all staff to setup two-factor authorization even if you do not require access to sensitive material."


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