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Risky development practice leaves company access keys exposed

September 15, 2020

Company access keys, used by developers to authenticate into other systems, are all too frequently being left exposed to the public during the software development process, putting company data at risk of being compromised by malicious actors on the lookout for easy access to enterprise systems.

That is according to new data collated by Digital Shadows, which scoured more than 150 million entities from GitHub, GitLab and Pastebin in one 30-day period, and assessed and categorised close to 800,000 access keys and secrets.

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