CWmike writes: Passwords used by people employed by U.S. federal, state and local governments were among those disclosed by the Gawker hack over the weekend, PBS NewsHour reported on Monday. If the passwords published online by the Gnosis hacker group were also used by those people for their work e-mail accounts, the passwords could be used in future targeted attacks against government employees to plant malware or steal other information. PBS NewsHour has identified a subset of the 1.3 million accounts accessed in the Gawker hack that included an unknown number of accounts with the
.gov domain, including ones from the Department of Defense, NASA, National Institute of Health and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Employees at agencies in several states, ranging from Idaho to Virginia, were also among those whose addresses and passwords were harvested.