Biggest Security Takeaway of 2020: Don't Leak Secrets on GitHub. 2020 was a crazy year, for security in particular. But from all the hacks and breaches this year, there is one takeaway; don't leak secrets on GitHub.
2020 has been crazy, especially in security.
We could list all the insane things that have happened this year, but you were there; you lived through it. In the world of cybersecurity, we have seen some unprecedented malicious activity: Widespread phishing attacks utilizing the fear of COVID-19, attacks on hospitals, a huge increase in nation-state attacks… Heck, even Jeff Bezos and Kayne got their Twitter profiles hacked. *Picking a takeaway from the year is difficult, to say the least. But towards the end of the year, we saw a *massive increase in high-profile attacks that were exploited with a common vulnerability: Leaked credentials in git, namely GitHub.
One of the biggest data breaches we saw this year came from Brazil. Data from 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients were exposed online, a list that included the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. This leak contained a trove of sensitive information such as addresses, names, medication regimes, and even medical history.
And more recently, there’s the still-unfolding hack of SolarWinds. The company has acknowledged that hackers injected malware into a software update for its Orion platform, a suite of products broadly used across the U.S. federal government and Fortune 500 organizations to monitor the health of their IT networks. The complete extent of this hack is still unknown as it now affects thousands of SolarWind customers, and the repercussions won’t fully be known until well into 2021. What we do know right now:
So what do these two massive security incidents have in common?
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