IRC for Coders

Fraudsters compromised our cloud infrastructure in less than a minute after leaking AWS keys to a public GitHub repository


Accidentally leaking secrets — usernames and passwords, API tokens, or private keys — in a public code repository is a developers and security teams worst nightmare. Fraudsters constantly scan public code repositories for these secrets to gain a foothold in to systems. Code is more connected than ever so often these secrets provide access to private and sensitive data — cloud infrastructures, database servers, payment gateways, and file storage systems to name a few. But what happensafter a secret is leaked? And what is the potential fallout?

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