the death of Code Spaces – company deleted on AWS

Code Spaces was a firm that supplied web designers’ a solution like github, utilizing Git or Subversion. It has been in business for seven years, and also, it had no scarcity of clients. But it’s all over currently; an assailant killed the business.


We often talk of datacenter security, data backups, as well as disaster recovery. We could strengthen our walls as  ideal as we could with the sources we have, and also in the vast bulk of circumstances, that will certainly be enough. In some cases, nevertheless, it’s not sufficient.

Code Spaces was constructed primarily on AWS, utilizing S3 storage and EC2 server to name a few. According to the message on the Code Spaces’ site, an enemy obtained the credentials to the firm’s AWS control panel. Code Spaces was being blackmailed; the attacker required cash in exchange for providing control back to Code Spaces.

The strike has rightly ruined Code Spaces. It is a direct contrast to an individual breaking right into a workplace structure late during the night, requiring ransom money, after that tossing explosives right into the information facility if the needs were not satisfied. The only distinction is that it’s a dreadful whole lot less complicated to permeate a cloud-based system than to breach a business information center.


Code Spaces had data backups as well as disaster recovery solutions, yet those were all apparently managed from the same AWS account. Almost all AWS services have been deleted from their AWS account, destroying the company. The business stated that some information still continues to be, and also it’s collaborating with consumers as it could to give accessibility to exactly what’s left.

This is the type of tale that needs to strike all of us hard because it might indeed occur to you as well as me. It strengthens the suggestion that spreading your solutions over different Cloud’s platforms is a good idea.

Perhaps you need to make use of a couple of various suppliers if you run cloud solutions. You need to disperse your solutions throughout numerous geographical places, if whatsoever feasible, and also invest a couple of additional dollars occasionally on precaution past straightforward server circumstances imaging. When every little thing else is running in the cloud, you ought to have off-site data backups, this need to be non-negotiable though it’ll amount to a substantial cost.

The moment is best for third-party cloud data backup suppliers to ignite their bullhorns. This very unfortunate story ought to get them greater than a couple of consumers.

To the people behind Code Spaces that are doubtless still reeling from this unconscionable strike, you have my sincerest acknowledgments. May you take some slight relief in understanding that your bad luck could aid others to prevent comparable destinies.


AWS has a whitepaper covering  security best practices that will help you define your ISMS and build a set of security policies and processes to your data and assets in the AWS Cloud.

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