One of the notorious question and answer site for programmers publically disclosed that an unknown hacker managed to infiltrate the sites production system on May 11, 2019.
A flagship site of the Stack Exchange Network, founded by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky in 2008- Stack Overflow has about 10 million registered users along with 50 million unique visitors every month. Stack overflow is very popular among professional and emerging programmers.
The VP engineering at Stack Overflow, Mary Ferguson has released a brief statement in which the company explains that although the hackers did infiltrate there are no evident signs that they accessed the customer’s accounts or user data.
“Over the weekend, there was an attack on Stack Overflow,” Ferguson said. “We have confirmed that some level of production access was gained on May 11.”
The company hasn’t really provided any insight on how the hackers managed to breach Stack Overflow and the extent of the infiltration, but the company is claiming to patch all known vulnerabilities.
“We discovered and investigated the extent of the access and are addressing all known vulnerabilities,” Ferguson said.
“We have not identified any breach of customer or user data. Our customers’ and users’ security is of the utmost importance to us.”
Stack Overflow, however, has assured its users that they will shine more light on the incident once they have thoroughly investigated into the matter.
“Our customers’ and users’ security is of the utmost importance to us. After we conclude our investigation cycle, we will provide more information,” Ferguson added.
Another popular question-answer site, Quora faced an immense data breach late last year. Within it, the hackers managed to gain access to sensitive information of about 100 million of its user, including their names, email addresses, hashed passwords, and personal messages.