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GitHub Suspends Repository Containing Leaked Twitter Source Code

Twitter sent a copyright notice to code hosting service GitHub to request the removal of a repository that contained Twitter source code.

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Social media platform Twitter on Friday sent a copyright violation notice to code hosting service GitHub to request the removal of a repository that contained Twitter source code.

Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk following last year’s $44 billion takeover deal, was looking to take down a public repository owned by GitHub user ‘FreeSpeechEnthusiast’.

According to Twitter, the repository illegally hosted “proprietary source code for Twitter’s platform and internal tools”.

In addition to the repository takedown, the social media platform was also asking for information that could help it identify the owner and the users who might have accessed the repository before it was suspended.

“Please preserve and provide copies of any related upload / download / access history (and any contact info, IP addresses, or other session info related to same), and any associated logs related to this repo or any forks thereof, before removing all the infringing content from GitHub,” the DMCA notice reads.

GitHub complied with the DMCA takedown notice and suspended public access to the repository on Friday. The Microsoft-owned platform also published the copyright request, for transparency, a GitHub spokesperson told SecurityWeek.

In its attempt to identify the culprit for the leak, Twitter filed takedown request documents with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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A Twitter representative has not responded to a SecurityWeek request for comment.

Related: Twitter Shuts Off Text-Based 2FA for Non-Subscribers

Related: Twitter Security Chief Resigns as Musk Sparks ‘Deep Concern’

Related: Twitter Finds No Evidence of Vulnerability Exploitation in Recent Data Leaks

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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