Unidentified Leak a Bunch of Data From a Host on the Right Wing of the Web
Hacktivist collective Anonymous claims to have obtained gigabytes of data from Epik, which provides domain name, hosting, and DNS services for various clients. These include the Texas GOP, Gab, Parler, and 8chan, among other sites on the right. The stolen data is released as a stream. The hacktivist collective says the data set, which is more than 180 GB in size, contains about a “decade worth of data from the company.”
Not identified says the data set is “all that is needed to track down the real owner and management of the fascist part of the Internet that has alienated researchers, activists, and, most importantly, everyone.” If this information is correct, the data and identities of Epik’s customers could now fall into the hands of activists, researchers, and anyone else with a curiosity to watch.
Decades of Epic Stuff, Now in a Torrent Near You
Epik is a domain registrar and web service provider known for serving right-wing clients, some of which have been turned down by more major IT providers due to poor and sometimes poor content managed by clients.
Activities began without identifying what the group called “Operation Jane” after the Texas Heartbeat Act was signed into law this month. The strict abortion law allows private individuals, not necessarily government bodies or police, to enforce a six-week abortion ban. Pursuant to the act, any Texas resident may bring a civil lawsuit against any person who commits or assisted to facilitate an illegal abortion — and claim not less than $ 10,000 in damages. .
The data sets include various SQL databases with internal visible customer records associated with each domain name managed by Epik. Ars examined a small subset of the released data set, including what was called a source mailbox by an Epik employee, with content from Epik CEO Rob Monster.
Members of the whistleblower site Distribution Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) also created the data set utilize through alternative means for those unable to use the streams.
“We are not aware of any breaches. We take the security of our clients’ data seriously, and we are investigating the allegation,” an Epik representative told Ars.
Hackers Altered Epic’s Knowledge Base to Mock the Company’s Response
Epik’s anonymous knowledge base was also introduced to mock the company’s refusal to violate.
“On September 13, 2021, a group of children calling themselves‘ Anonymous ’, which we have not heard of since, said they were in charge[d] to get, well, really, all our data, and then release, “as a revised standard of knowledge, as seen in hidden copy. “They claim to include all user data. All of it. All usernames, passwords, e-mails, support questions, violations of all identification services.[s] naa mi. Of course this is not true. We are not fools that we allow this to happen. “
The knowledge base page ended by sarcastically saying, “We wrote it ourselves, obviously it’s not part of the hacked account.” Epik has already taken the page.
Prior to this incident, Anonymous had defamed the Texas GOP website by replacing references to “Helping Texas Stay Red” with “Texas: Getting Voices from Women to promote theocratic corruption of church / state barriers. ” The group also added “donate” non-profit health care links to Placed Parenthood.
This story originally appeared Ars Technica.
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