Today, SVN and Git source repository Code Spaces announced that it's down for the count after hackers took control of its back-end -- and destroyed its code repositories in retribution after system admins attempted to regain control of the site.
According to a statement published on its website -- which is now down -- hackers took control of Code Spaces and attempted to ransom it. When admins attempted to regain control of the system, the hackers destroyed its archives in retaliation: "most of our data, backups, machine configurations and offsite backups were either partially or completely deleted," Code Spaces' statement read.
During that process, at least two game developers have lost code: Ian Stocker of Magical Time Bean, developer of Escape Goat 2
, has lost access
to earlier revisions of his project which were stored on the service and are now destroyed. Bounden
developers Game Oven were also affected, according to a tweet
from designer Adriaan de Jongh.
The attack highlights a danger of storing code in the cloud that is not always considered.
Earlier today, the Code Spaces site was still up, but it is now unresponsive. The message it displayed said, in part, "... at this point in time we have no alternative but to cease trading and concentrate on supporting our affected customers in exporting any remaining data they have left with us." This statement is still viewable via Google cache