Hackers Breached Stack Overflow’s Production Systems

by Sunny Hoi

Stack Overflow, one of the most popular question and answer websites for professional and enthusiast coders, disclosed today that unidentified hackers were able to acquire unauthorized access to its production systems on May 11, 2019.

Mary Ferguson, the vice president of engineering at Stack Overflow, confirmed the security incident but wrote that the company did not discover any evidence that hackers obtained access to customers’ accounts or any user data.

“Over the weekend, there was an attack on Stack Overflow,” Ferguson wrote “We have confirmed that some level of production access was gained on May 11.”

Stack Overflow, founded in 2008 by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky, serves as the flagship site of the Stack Exchange Network.

With more than 50 million monthly active users who use the site to share knowledge in a wide range of topics in computer programming, Stack Overflow remains one of the top 50 most popular sites on the internet according to web traffic analysis company Alexa.

Although the company did not share technical details regarding how the hackers were able to compromise the production systems of Stack Overflow and the exact magnitude of the breach, the company said that they are patching every known vulnerability.

An investigation into the security breach is in progress, and Stack Overflow has pledged to share additional information after the investigation has concluded.

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