A hacktivist group claims to have stolen a decade of data from the Web company Epik. The company is known for hosting conservative platforms like Parler and sites owned by organizations like the Proud Boys.
On Monday, freelance journalist Steven Monacelli shared a press release from the hacking group Anonymous in which he claimed to have successfully infiltrated the Epik web domain registrar.
The group says they have stolen “A decade of data”, including information about Epik customers and users. The data, says Anonymous, is “Whatever is needed to trace the actual ownership and management of the fascist side of the Internet that has eluded researchers, activists and, well, just about everyone.” ”
SCOOP: A group of “steroid hackers” gained access to a large dataset owned by Epik, the host of the Texas GOP website, the Texas Right to Life website and the anti-abortion website. pic.twitter.com/2meRX9CAPm
– steven monacelli (@stevanzetti) September 13, 2021
Anonymous said the 180 gigabytes of data recovered by hackers will be released as a free public download. It has since been made available.
The group also claims that Epik did not encrypt any data, noting that everything, including connections, was there in plain text. They state that the Russian developers allegedly used by Epik were bad at their jobs: “They probably enjoyed snooping around all your shit as much as we did.” The statement notes that credit card data was not taken, adding, “FBI, we are not in this game.”
Epik is no stranger to controversy. The company hosts sites such as free speech competitor Gab, the 8chan images website, and Alex Jones’ InfoWars. It also hosts websites related to the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, a right-wing group that includes current and former military, law enforcement, and first responders who have taken an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution. “From all enemies, foreign and national”.
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The host brought Gab back online after his previous host abandoned him following accusations the free speech site was partly responsible for a 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The company also hosted the Texas Republican Party website, as well as a pro-life whistleblower site where Texans could report those who attempted to have abortions. The latter was removed for violating Epik’s terms and conditions.
Epik CEO Rob Monster has once had to deny any sympathy for white supremacist groups, claiming he was just a Christian. He denied that Epik ever hosted the Daily Stormer website, a far-right, neo-Nazi and white supremacist blog.
The company has yet to confirm or deny whether the hack took place. Links to the alleged data dump have been widely circulated online.
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