GitHub Accounts Compromised In Password Attack

GitHub has admitted a number of user accounts have been compromised by an attacker who used previously published account credentials from previous breaches of other online services.

The attacker took these account credentials, such as email addresses and passwords, from other online data breaches and tried them on GitHub accounts.

GitHub said that the attacker had been able to log in to “a number” of GitHub accounts.
“We immediately began investigating,” said GitHub today, but added: “GitHub has not been hacked or compromised.”

Reset

GitHub has now reset passwords on all affected accounts, and is in the process of sending individual notifications to users who were affected.

“If your account was impacted, we are in the process of contacting you directly with information about how to reset your password and restore access to your account,” said GitHub.
“We encourage all users to practice good password hygiene and enable two-factor authentication to protect your account.”

Read more: GitHub Is Relying On Developers To Crack The Business Market

In May it was revealed that 117 million LinkedIn account credentials were up for sale on the dark web. A hacker, known as “Peace,” contacted technology site Motherboard this to offer the details, which are up for sale for five Bitcoins (around £1,564) on dark web site The Real Deal.

Peace claims that that the data was stolen during a breach of LinkedIn back in 2012, in which around 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online. The compromised GitHub credentials may well be from the fallout of this breach.

Earlier in June, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were accessed by hackers who noticed that Zuckerberg used the same password across several different sites.

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Ben covers web and technology giants such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft and their impact on the cloud computing industry, whilst also writing about data centre players and their increasing importance in Europe. He also covers future technologies such as drones, aerospace, science, and the effect of technology on the environment.

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