Hackers have penetrated into several GitHub accounts in order to erase code repositories and then ask for ransom from the owners of the account in the form of Bitcoin. If their demands are not met, they promise to leak these codes or make use of it themselves.
392 GitHub Repositories Attacked So far
About 392 different GitHub repositories have been attacked by the hacker who left a note asking them for 0.1BTC ($558) in ransom and an email which shows that the money has been paid. Other companies which have become victims of this attack include GitLab and Bitbucket.
The hackers are reportedly removing the code on these repositories by logging into accounts by using weak passwords or credentials which were leaked over various services.
GitHub released a publication which stated that:
“At this time, it appears that account credentials of some of our users have been compromised as a result of unknown third-party exposures. We are working with the affected users to secure and restore their accounts.”