Entities using Anonymous (EUTNAIOA) name and iconography claim to have leaked server disk images extracted by Epik – the controversial US company that provided services to far-right organizations like the Oath Keepers and Gab, provided a home for social networks -for-internet-outcasts Parler and hosted Hassloch 8chan.
Epik has made it a virtue to offer such services. In a blog post defending his decision to run Gabs domain names after GoDaddy turned it down, Epik CEO Rob Monster argued it was a free speech issue and said corporate de-plating was both censorship as well as a violation of inalienable rights.
EUTNAIOA previously leaked 180GB of data that was allegedly diverted from Epik servers, much of it detailing the activities of far-right groups like The Proud Boys and the ridiculous QAnon mob. This included personal data, domain ownership records, account credentials and SSH keys, internal Git repos, payment histories, and more.
The hacktivist collective justified the disclosure of stolen data by exposing racists and called the operation Epik Fail.
This document dump was circulated on the Internet and generally considered to be authentic. At least one Epik customer identified in the leaked files – a Florida real estate agent – was fired due to the leak; It turned out that he had tried to register domains like theholocaustisfake.com through the web business.
This latest super dump of stolen Epic data was first reported by the Daily Dot on Wednesday after EUTNAIOA shared the information as a torrent.
One of the publication’s reporters tweeted a partial screenshot of the collective’s announcement of the leak and detailed some of its content:
BREAKING: The hacker collective Anonymous has announced another data leak from the web hosting company Epik.
The data contains full disk images of Epik’s server infrastructure and provides at least 59 API keys for Twitter, Coinbase, PayPal and more.
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– Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) September 29, 2021
We were told that the dump was a 70 GB archive of files and “multiple bootable disk images from different systems” that make up Epik’s server infrastructure. The journalist Steve Monacelli, who delivered the news of the first data release, called the latest leak is effectively 300 GB.
“This leak appears to be fully bootable disk images from Epik servers, including a wide range of passwords and API tokens,” he added.
And that’s all that has made it public right now, it seems.
Distributed Denial of Secrets collective, which is separate from EUTNAIOA and helped spread the initial leak, said those who ransacked Epik’s systems claimed to have received “bootable disk images.”
After data was first released, Epik’s Monster CEO held a video chat session claiming the data likely came from a backup that was “intercepted” but was not elaborated on.
Whatever the data dump contains and how it was obtained, the interest in the data collection is enormous as it offers extraordinary insights into how far right groups work.
And as FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a March statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Feds view the greatest threat the nation faces from domestic violent extremists as “those we consider racially or ethnically violent Identify extremists, especially those who advocate the superiority of the white race. “
Epik likes to host services and people who hold these views. ®