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Microsoft’s GitHub account has been hacked

2020-05-08 17:48 by


A group of hackers that calls itself Shiny Hunters have broken into Microsoft's GitHub account and stolen 500 GB of data from the tech giant's own private repositories on the developer platform, according to published reports.

Shiny Hunters provided a directory listing containing the names, sizes and timestamps of each of the stolen files. None of the repositories appear to concern Microsoft's primary products, such as Windows, Office and Xbox. Instead, they're mostly "code samples, test projects, an eBook, and other generic items." Based on the file stamps in full directory listing of the leaked files, the breach may have occurred on March 28th, 2020.

Despite the size of the hack, it is unlikely that many secrets will have been leaked. Microsoft’s repositories on GitHub are frequently intended for public availability, even when private, and Microsoft performs stringent checks and scans of uploaded code to manage exactly this scenario. Reportedly Microsoft keeps their crown jewels, Windows, in a massive internal 300 GB Git repository.

GitHub is a popular software development platform that provides hosting software to about 40 million developers, who use it for version control of their software. Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion in October 2018.

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