Hacktivist collective Nameless claims to have obtained gigabytes of knowledge from Epik, which supplies area identify, internet hosting, and DNS companies for a wide range of shoppers. These embody the Texas GOP, Gab, Parler, and 8chan, amongst different right-wing websites. The stolen information has been launched as a torrent. The hacktivist collective says that the info set, which is over 180GB in dimension, accommodates a “decade’s worth of data from the company.”
Nameless says the info set is “all that’s needed to trace actual ownership and management of the fascist side of the Internet that has eluded researchers, activists, and, well, just about everybody.” If this data is right, Epik’s clients’ information and identities may now fall into the fingers of activists, researchers, and nearly anybody curious sufficient to take a peek.
A long time of Epik stuff, now in a torrent close to you
Epik is a site registrar and net companies supplier recognized to serve right-wing shoppers, a few of which have been turned down by extra mainstream IT suppliers because of the objectionable and generally illicit content material hosted by the shoppers.
Nameless’ actions started with what the group calls “Operation Jane” after the Texas Heartbeat Act was signed into regulation this month. The restrictive abortion regulation permits non-public people, not essentially authorities our bodies or the police, to implement the six-week abortion ban. Based on the act, any Texas resident can convey a civil lawsuit towards any one that performs or helps to facilitate an unlawful abortion—and declare no less than $10,000 in damages.
Among the many information set are varied SQL databases containing what look like buyer information related to each area identify hosted by Epik. Ars analyzed a small subset of the leaked information set, together with what a supply calls an Epik worker’s mailbox, which accommodates correspondence from Epik CEO Rob Monster.
Members of one other hacktivist group, Distributed Denial of Secrets and techniques, have additionally made the info set available by way of alternate means for these unable to make use of torrents.
“We are not aware of any breach. We take the security of our clients’ data extremely seriously, and we are investigating the allegation,” an Epik consultant informed Ars.
Hackers alter Epik’s data base to mock firm’s response
Nameless additionally tampered with Epik’s data base to mock the corporate’s denial of the breach.
“On September 13, 2021, a group of kids calling themselves ‘Anonymous’, whom we’ve never heard of, said they manage[d] to get a hold of, well, honestly, all our data, and then released it,” stated the altered data base, as seen in an archived copy. “They claim it included all the user data. All of it. All usernames, passwords, e-mails, support queries, breaching all anonymization service[s] we have. Of course it’s not true. We’re not so stupid we’d allow that to happen.”
The knowledge-base web page ends by sarcastically saying, “We did write this ourselves, this is obviously not part of the hacked account.” Epik has since eliminated the web page.
Previous to this incident, Nameless defaced the Texas GOP web site by changing references to “Help Texas Stay Red” with “Texas: Taking Voices from Women to promote theocratic erosion of church/state barriers.” The group additionally added “donate” hyperlinks to reproductive well being care nonprofit Deliberate Parenthood.
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