Registered users of Gawker.com media sites have had their names, email addresses, reading histories, and passwords stolen. But that’s OK, because just yesterday I heard you say that any information hackers steal from secret computer databases should be public. (Or did I hear you wrong?)
The hacking appears to have been done by one of the same groups of “Hactivists” that is sucking up to Wikileaks and the largely directionless and infantile Internet anarchist community. [No, wait, probably not. Updated.]
Do you care if your password and username, which you probably use for a number of different accounts, is in the hands of nameless faceless hactivists? My suggestion to you is to keep your nose clean. Don’t say anything bad about the hactivists, or they’ll use that information to mess you up. Which is their right, after all, because your user name and password are electronic information, and since electronic information can be copied without cost or difficulty, it is free for everyone to use. (Have I got that right?)
Most likely there will be no consequences for the hackers.