Users advised to change passwords due to concerns over cyber attacks
Security experts have recommended that internet users change their passwords for accounts due to concerns over a possible major cyber attack.
Several major sites including, Yahoo, Twitter and LinkedIn have asked their users to change passwords after rumors that the American blogging network, Gawker Media was hacked by cyber criminals.
Blizzard has asked the 12 million subscribers of its online game World of Warcraft to change their account passwords in an attempt to minimize the effects of the hack. Several thousands Twitter accounts were breached after the attack but there are not many reports of damage related to the attack. Many of the sites are taking necessary steps to help protect their users.
An organization called Gnosis has said that it was behind the weekend attack on Gawker. The group published details of 1.3 million Gawker users online, including a number of number of passwords.
The list of most popular passwords chosen by users of Gawker was topped by was "123456" ahead of "password" and "12345678" while other common passwords were "monkey", "qwerty" and "consumer".
The attack has made many other sites take steps to defend their customers because many users choose the same password on different sites and their accounts can be easily breached.