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8/14/2019
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GitHub Named in Capital One Breach Lawsuit

A new lawsuit says that GitHub bears responsibility for the Capital One breach because it actively encourages hacking and stored stolen data.

The fallout from the Capital One data breach continues, with a recent class-action lawsuit naming the financial giant — and GitHub, the online data repository that has become central to many companies' agile and devops coding efforts.

The lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that GitHub (now owned by Microsoft) "actively encourages" hackers,  and that this active encouragement means that it has a higher responsibility than most repositories to scan uploaded files for dangerous or illicit data.

According to the lawsuit, files containing information on the methods used in the breach were uploaded to the site in April, but not removed until July, when GitHub was alerted by Capital One.

In a statement to Dark Reading, GitHub said, "GitHub promptly investigates content, once it's reported to us, and removes anything that violates our Terms of Service. The file posted on GitHub in this incident did not contain any Social Security numbers, bank account information, or any other reportedly stolen personal information. We received a request from Capital One to remove content containing information about the methods used to steal the data, which we took down promptly after receiving their request."

The suit is depending on a standard of "morally culpable," as opposed to "legally culpable," which is a commonly used legal standard. 

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ebyjeeby
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ebyjeeby,
User Rank: Strategist
8/20/2019 | 12:52:31 PM
Re: What's in your repository?
That's funny!
kratiw
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kratiw,
User Rank: Strategist
8/16/2019 | 2:25:28 PM
What's in your repository?
Sorry, I had to do it.
tdsan
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tdsan,
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8/14/2019 | 3:56:57 PM
Wow, then they need to involve Google, MS, Apple and AWS as well

The lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that GitHub (now owned by Microsoft) "actively encourages" hackers,  and that this active encouragement means that it has a higher responsibility than most repositories to scan uploaded files for dangerous or illicit data.

This lawsuit is almost laughable, anything that is deemed positive can be turned negative. Github is a repository for developers to come up with code and sharing that code with other organizations to address problems in the wild, I think this is more of a company trying to divert blame as opposed to facing the facts and being accountable for their actions. This says alot about CapitalOne - the organization - who has been blindsided by someone whom they dealt with in the recent past; but it also sheds light on their lack of oversight and attention to detail (this says a lot about the organization as a whole).

I am looking forward to hearing more about the lawsuit and interested in hearing what the judge says in the hearing, this should be interesting.

T

 
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