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GitGuardian’s 2023 & 2024 State of Secrets Sprawl Reports: Exposing Millions of Credentials on GitHub and PyPI

GitGuardian, a company, has recently published its annual State of Secrets Sprawl report, which has garnered much attention in the tech world. The 2023 report revealed that more than 10 million passwords, API keys, and other credentials were exposed in public commits. This news was concerning because is a popular platform for to share and collaborate on code, and the accidental exposure of sensitive information could have serious consequences.

The 2024 report by GitGuardian was even more alarming, as it found 12.8 million new exposed secrets in and identified several exposed secrets in the package repository . is an essential resource for developers who use , and it hosts thousands of code packages that developers can use to build their applications. The fact that sensitive information was found in is particularly concerning, as developers must be diligent in securing their code libraries and dependencies.

The report highlights the need for companies to take security seriously and implement best practices for securing their code repositories. It also emphasizes the importance of individual developers taking responsibility for ensuring their code and credentials and being aware of the potential risks of exposing sensitive information. GitGuardian's report serves as a wake-up call for the tech community, underscored by the need for continued vigilance in protecting sensitive information.

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