Github User Accounts Compromised in 'Password Reuse' Attack

Github User Accounts Compromised in 'Password Reuse' Attack

After the reported hijacking of Zuckerberg's lesser-known social media accounts, yet another online service has fallen victim to LinkedIn's leaked password dump - Github.

Github has become the latest platform to come under a 'password reuse' attack by hackers, who want to gain access to user accounts and data illicitly. The repository hosting website has confirmed in a blogpost saying that it has detected some unauthorized login attempts to many user accounts.

Shawn Davenport, staff member at Github said in the blogpost that,

This appears to be the result of an attacker using lists of email addresses and passwords from other online services that have been compromised in the past, and trying them on GitHub accounts. We immediately began investigating, and found that the attacker had been able to log in to a number of GitHub accounts.

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