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GitHub Suffers A Supply chain Cyberattack, 150 Millions Users In Danger


An anonymous group orchestrated a sophisticated supply chain cyberattack on members of the GitHub organization including individual developers, to inject malicious code into the code ecosystem.

Additionally, the threat actors infiltrated trusted software development elements to compromise developers. Interestingly, they hijacked GitHub accounts with stolen cookies, drove in malicious code via verified commits, created a counterfeit Python mirror, and aired tainted packages on the PyPI registry.

The attackers used a convincing typosquatting technique with a fake Python mirror domain that looked official to the original to deceive users, according to a blog post by Checkmarx researchers.

Github Loses Data In Sleek Infiltration

Tampering with popular Python packages like Colorama which more than 150 million users uses to simplify the process of formatting text, the threat actors successfully concealed malicious code within seemingly legitimate software, expanding their reach beyond GitHub repositories.

In the final stage of the cyber infiltration, the malware used to pilfer sensitive data from the victim can target popular user platforms like Opera, Chrome, and Edge further targeting cookies, autofill data, and credentials.

Furthermore, the infiltrated malware also roots out Discord accounts and exploited decrypted tokens to access unauthorized data in victim accounts on the platform.

According to source, the malware can pilfer victim’s cryptocurrency wallets, Telegram session data, and Instagram profile data. Furthermore, the hackers use the victim’s session tokens to steal their account details, employing a keylogger to pick out keystrokes, essentially compromising passwords and personal messages.

The stolen information from these individual attacks is then exfiltrated to the attacker’s server, with anonymous file-sharing services and HTTP requests utilized, the threat actors further utilize unique identifiers to track each victim down.

To evade detection, the attackers employed intricate obfuscation techniques in their code in this Supply chain Cyberattack, including whitespace manipulation and misleading variable names.

Conclusively, they established persistence mechanisms, modified system registries, and executed data-stealing operations across various software applications.