Yesterday, July 6, 2019, hackers breached the GitHub account of Canonical Ltd., the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution.
On July 6, 2019, hackers have breached the GitHub account of Canonical Ltd., the organization behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution.
The company immediately launched an investigation, the good news is that the source code of the popular Linux distro was not impacted.
“We can confirm that on 2019-07-06 there was a Canonical owned account on GitHub whose credentials were compromised and used to create repositories and issues among other activities.” states the Canonical team. “Canonical has removed the compromised account from the Canonical organisation in GitHub and is still investigating the extent of the breach, but there is no indication at this point that any source code or PII was affected.”
The Canonical team pointed out that the Launchpad infrastructure used to built and maintain the Ubuntu distro is not connected to GitHub and has not been affected.
“Furthermore, the Launchpad infrastructure where the Ubuntu distribution is built and maintained is disconnected from GitHub and there is also no indication that it has been affected.” continues the statement.
The company plans to publish a public update after the investigation when both audit and remediations will be completed.
Hackers at least created 11 new GitHub repositories incompromised Canonical account.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.