Bug in the GitHub Extension for Visual Studio Makes Developer Lose Over $6,500

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Carlo van Wyk a developer from South Africa, had an unpleasant encounter with a software bug which climbed to a $6,500 / €5,800 bill on Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) cloud platform.In just a few hours because of a flaw in a tool for using Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE with code-sharing site GitHub inadvertently exposed his sensitive data.

Wyk used the GitHub Extension for Visual Studio 2015 to commit one of his local Git code repositories to a private repository on GitHub. But, an unknown to him at the time the bug in the extension, developed and maintained by GitHub itself caused his code to be committed to a public GitHub repository rather than a private one as he intended.

We reached out to Mr. van Wyk to ask him if Amazon was kind enough to drop the bill, or if GitHub would be picking it up as a way to say “Sorry, my bad!”,says Softpedia.

 

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