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User Data Exposed in Stack Overflow Hack
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Quote:Hackers had access to Stack Overflow systems for nearly one week before the attack was detected and some user data was exposed after all, the company has admitted.
 
Stack Overflow informed users on May 16 that it had [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] to production systems over the previous weekend. The company initially said it had found no evidence that customer or user data was compromised.
 
In an update posted on May 17, Stack Overflow VP of Engineering Mary Ferguson revealed that the initial intrusion apparently occurred on May 5. The attackers managed to access the development tier for stackoverflow.com due to the fact that a build deployed on that day contained a bug. The hackers then escalated their access to the production version of the website.

The attackers mainly focused on reconnaissance until May 11, when they made a change that gave them privileged access to production systems.
“This change was quickly identified and we revoked their access network-wide, began investigating the intrusion, and began taking steps to remediate the intrusion,” Ferguson [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register].

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