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New York Times source code compromised using exposed GitHub token

The New York Times’ internal source code and data were leaked on the 4chan message board. The new work times confirmed to Bleeping Computer that they were stolen from the company’s GitHub repositories in January 2024.

     Source; vx underground

An anonymous user leaked internal data on Thursday. They posted a torrent containing a 273GB archive of the stolen data, as revealed by VX-Underground.

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“Basically all source code belonging to The New York Times Company, 270GB,” reads the 4chan forum post.

The attacker shared a text file with a list of 6,223 folders stolen from the company’s GitHub repository.Many different types of information were stolen, such as IT documentation, infrastructure tools, and source code. This includes the popular Wordle game.

According to the ‘readme’ file, the attacker used a GitHub token that was exposed to gain unauthorized access to the company’s repositories and steal data.

    Source: Bleeping computer

In a statement to BleepingComputer, The Times said the breach occurred in January 2024 after credentials for a cloud-based third-party code platform were exposed. A subsequent email confirmed this code platform was GitHub.

The company stated that the breach of its GitHub account did not affect its internal corporate systems and had no impact on its operations.

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