Activist collective anonymity Gigabyte claims to receive data from Epic, which provides domain name, hosting and DNS services for a variety of clients. These include Texas GOP, Gab, Parlor and 8 Chan, among other right-wing sites. The stolen data has been published as torrent. Hacktivist Collective says the data set, which is more than 180 gigabytes in size, contains “a decade’s worth of company data.”
Anonymous says the data set is “what is needed to find out the real ownership and management of the fascist side of the Internet, which researchers, staff and, well, almost everyone has avoided.” If this information is accurate, the information and identity of Epic’s customers could now fall into the hands of staff, researchers, and anyone interested enough to peek.
Decades of Epic Staff, now you have a torrent
Epic is a domain registrar and web service provider known for serving right-wing clients, some of which have been rejected by mainstream IT providers due to offensive and sometimes illegal content by clients.
After the Texas Heartbeat Act was signed into law this month, the group began anonymous activities by calling it “Operation Jane.” Restricted abortion laws allow individuals, not necessarily government agencies or the police, to enforce a six-week abortion ban. By law, any Texas resident can file a civil lawsuit against anyone who helps or assist in an illegal abortion – and can claim at least 10,000 in compensation.
The data set contains various SQL databases that appear to be customer records associated with each domain name hosted by Epic. Ars analyzed a small subset of the leaked data set, including what a source called an Epic employee’s mailbox, including a letter from Epic CEO Rob Monster.
Members of the whistle blower site Distributed Daniel of Secrets (DDoSecrets) also created the data set Available Alternative ways for those who are unable to use torrents.
“We are not aware of any breaches. We take the security of our clients’ data very seriously and we are investigating the allegation,” an Epic representative told Ars.
Hackers turned Epic’s knowledge base into a mock company response
Anonymous has also disguised itself on the basis of Epic’s knowledge to ridicule the company’s denial of breach.
On September 1, 2021, a group of kids calling themselves ‘Anonymous’, whom we had never heard of, said they were managing.[d] Well, honestly, to hold all our data, and then reveal it, “the basis of altered knowledge, as seen in an archive copy.” They claim that it includes all user data. That’s all. Breaks all usernames, passwords, e-mails, support queries, all anonymity services[s] We have. Of course this is not true. We’re not so stupid that we let it be. “
The knowledge-based page ended sarcastically, “We wrote it ourselves, it’s certainly not part of the hacked account.” Epic has since removed the page.
Prior to the incident, the anonymous Texas GOP website replaced the reference to “Help Texas Stay Red” with “Texas: Receiving Voices from Women to Encourage Ecclesiastical Erosion of Church / State Barriers.” The group has also linked “donations” with reproductive health care nonprofit planned paternity.
This story was originally published Ars technique.
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