GitHub is under automated attack

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GitHub is under automated attack by millions of cloned repositories filled with malicious code

GitHub, a cornerstone for programmers worldwide, is facing a serious threat from an automated assault targeting its platform with malicious code repositories. Despite ongoing efforts to remove these repositories, many persist, posing a significant challenge for users. 


According to reports from security provider Apiiro, the attack's complexity and scale have escalated, with millions of repositories affected. The attackers have employed sophisticated techniques, including seven layers of obfuscation, to conceal their malicious code. 


This has made it difficult for GitHub's detection systems to effectively combat the threat, allowing the attack to continue unabated. The attack, which initially started as minor incidents in May of the previous year, has since evolved in sophistication and size. 


Researchers attribute its success to GitHub's vast user base and the increasingly complex methods used by the attackers. Notably, the attackers have exploited human vulnerabilities through social engineering tactics, leading unwitting developers to inadvertently spread the malicious code further. 


GitHub has yet to issue a direct response to the attack, but they have reassured users of their commitment to identifying and removing malicious content. They employ a combination of manual reviews and automated detection systems, powered by machine learning, to combat such threats. Despite these efforts, GitHub faces an uphill battle in completely resolving the issue due to the inherent challenges posed by its open-source nature and widespread popularity.

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