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8tracks data leak exposed 18 million user accounts

June 30, 2017

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Music streaming service 8tracks has been affected by a major data leak that exposed ‘millions’ of customer details.

The leak seems to have been caused by a staffer that erroneously exposed 18 million user accounts. The employee left some markers on his GitHub account that breached by hackers.

The lack of security for the GitHub repository seems to be the root cause of the breach, the employee wasn’t using two-factor authentication. The staffer was keeping backups of database tables in his repository.

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