After a security researcher was able to breach Tesla, Apple and others, more than 150 copycats emerged, most claiming to be researchers. ("tesla" by smellsofbikes is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Pseudonymous authors published more than 150 copycat packages just three days after Sonatype published research around a software supply chain flaw, attempting to exploit the vulnerabilities in the brief window before a patch.

Ethical hacker and security researcher Alex Birsan posted a blog on Feb. 9 that detailed how he used dependency, or namespace confusion, “to push his malicious proof-of-concept (PoC) code to internal development builds of over 35 major tech organizations including Microsoft, Apple, Tesla, Uber and others.” Sonatype released its own analysis of his findings, the company said.

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