A hacker has gained access to a Microsoft employee’s GitHub account and has downloaded some of the company’s private GitHub repositories.
The intrusion is believed to have taken place in March, and came to light this week when the hacker announced plans to publish some of the stolen projects on a hacking forum.
While ZDNet has confirmed with multiple Microsoft employees that at least a small portion of the stolen files are authentic, we have been told that the hacker did not gain access to the source code of any major Microsoft core projects, such as Windows and Office.
Microsoft employees who commented on the leak have told ZDNet that such major projects are hosted internally at Microsoft and not on the company’s public GitHub portal.
The number of private repos believed to have been acquired by the hacker is believed to be around 1,200.
A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet