Stack Overflow’s Production Systems Accessed by Hackers
In a brief announcement yesterday, Stack Overflow reports that it was the target of an attack that led hackers to access its production systems.
The website is currently online and the few public details provided in a short message indicate that a survey revealed that a “level of production access was obtained on May 11”.
User data are safe
It is not clear how the intruders were able to access the internal Stack Overflow network, but the actions taken as a result of the violation includes the patching all known vulnerabilities. The incident was discovered internally and the initial assessment is that no customer or user data has been affected.
“Our customers’ and users’ security is of the utmost importance to us. After we conclude our investigation cycle, we will provide more information,” says Mary Ferguson, VP of Engineering at Stack Overflow.
Stack Overflow was launched in 2008 as a website for questions and answers about programming themes. As part of the Stack Exchange Network, it is a community of more than 10 million as on January 2019.
Stack Overflow is available in several languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Japanese). According to the website, more than 50 million visitors access it every month, looking for ways to solve their problems, develop their skills or find work.
The platform is considered as a reliable source for an overview of accurate trends in the developer community, as well as pay package information based on experience, location, training, and technology.
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Julia Sowells has been a technology and security professional. For a decade of experience in technology, she has worked on dozens of large-scale enterprise security projects, and even writing technical articles and has worked as a technical editor for Rural Press Magazine. She now lives and works in New York, where she maintains her own consulting firm with her role as security consultant while continuing to write for Hacker Combat in her limited spare time.