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GitHub Spammed to Sell Repair Services, Bitdefender Alerts

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Popular code repository GitHub is full of annoying sales messages from Indonesian spammers, Bitdefender researchers found.

The developer community is under siege after sales messages have poisoned a large number of project threads, much to the annoyance of GitHub members.

“Someone used the code of my plugin to sell stuff I’ve never heard about,” a developer said.

An account owner, under the name of Rx150, promotes a repair service for water heaters from Jakarta, Indonesia and invites viewers to call a local number and ask for assistance.

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The messages seem harmless, however we don’t know what might be behind it. It may be an aggressive-spammer bot or simply a stubborn seller who went the extra mile to promote his business. Stay alert”, said Bogdan Botezatu, Senior E-Threat Analyst at Bitdefender.

GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as its own features.

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Alexandra started writing about IT at the dawn of the decade - when an iPad was an eye-injury patch, we were minus Google+ and we all had Jobs. She has since wielded her background in PR and marketing communications to translate binary code to colorful stories that have been known to wear out readers' mouse scrolls. Alexandra is also a social media enthusiast who 'likes' only what she likes and LOLs only when she laughs out loud.

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