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Nameless provides gigabytes of knowledge from alt-right internet host Epik. free

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The hacktivist collective Anonymous claims to have received gigabytes of data from Epik, which provides domain names, hosting, and DNS services for a wide variety of customers. These include the Texas GOP, Gab, Parler, and 8chan, among others. The stolen data was published as a torrent. According to the hacktivist collective, the 180 GB data set contains “a decade of company data”.

Anonymous says the record is “all that is needed to keep track of the actual ownership and management of the fascist side of the internet that has eluded researchers, activists and, well, almost everyone”. If this information is accurate, Epik’s dates and identities could now fall into the hands of activists, researchers, and almost anyone curious enough to take a look.

Decades of epic stuff, now in a torrent near you

Epik is a domain registrar and web service provider known for serving right-wing customers, some of whom have been turned down by more established IT vendors due to the offensive and sometimes illegal content hosted by the customers.

Anonymous began its activities in what the group calls “Operation Jane” after the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect this month. The restrictive abortion law allows private individuals, not necessarily government agencies or the police, to enforce the six-week abortion ban. Under the law, anyone in Texas can file a civil lawsuit against anyone who gives or helps to perform an illegal abortion – for at least $ 10,000 in damages.

The note shown below was discovered by journalist Steven Monacelli, who has since been poofed by an epic follower.

A Enlarge / A “press release” from Anonymous.

The dataset includes various SQL databases that appear to contain customer records associated with each domain name hosted by Epik. Ars analyzed a small subset of the leaked dataset, including what one source calls an Epik employee’s mailbox containing correspondence from Epik CEO Rob Monster.

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Members of the Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) whistleblower site have also provided the dataset in an alternative manner for those unable to torrent.

“We are not aware of any violation. We take the security of our customers’ data very seriously and are investigating the allegation,” a representative from Epik told Ars.

Hackers modify Epik’s knowledge base to mock the company’s response

Anonymous also tampered with Epik’s knowledge base to mock the company’s denial of the violation.

“On September 13, 2021, a group of kids who call themselves ‘Anonymous’ who we’ve never heard of said they could do it[d] to be honest, to get all of our data and then release it, “says the modified knowledge base, which can be seen in an archived copy.” They claim it contained all of the user data. All of it. All usernames, passwords, emails, support requests that violate all anonymization services[s] we have. Of course it’s not true. We’re not stupid enough to let that happen. “

Anonymous pokes fun at Epik's reaction by modifying the company's official knowledge base.Enlarge / Anonymous pokes fun at Epik’s reaction by modifying the company’s official knowledge base.

The knowledge base page ends with the sarcastic statement, “We wrote this ourselves, this is obviously not part of the hacked account.” Epik has since removed the page.

Prior to this incident, Anonymous defaced the Texas GOP website by replacing references to “Help Texas Stay Red” with “Texas: Taking Voices from Women to Promote Theocratic Erosion of Church / State Barriers”. The group also added “Donate” links to the nonprofit nonprofit, Planned Parenthood.

The Texas Republican Party website was defaced by Anonymous this month.Enlarge / The Texas Republican Party website was defaced by Anonymous this month.

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