29 Mar '14, 12am

Bitcoin mining? – Had to close my AWS account

When I read about a similar incident in hacker news sometime back, I felt sorry for that person and also happy that I had not exposed my secret key. I woke up this morning to see the same thing happen to my account. I got an email this morning from AWS that my account was compromised and the secret key was available in github. When I looked at that Github project, I was cursing myself. It was created a year back when I was taking part in a startup weekend event. I don't even remember checking in my secret key in the rush for delivering something over the weekend. Now it has come to haunt me. Someone had launched almost 20 "c3.8xlarge" instances in each region and too many spot instances. Estimated bill is already $300 in a day. It was exhausting for me to find every resource launched in every region and terminate it. I had to close my AWS account to stop further charges an...

Full article: http://www.nvenky.in/2014/03/bitcoin-mining-closed-my-aws...

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