The hacktivist group Anonymous released a packet of related data this Friday (13) from Epik, a digital hosting company known for supporting conspiracies and extremist websites and services, particularly on issues related to US politics. The volume contains sensitive information from the company’s customers as well as internal communications, including messages from the company’s CEO, Rob Monster.
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There is a total of 17 GB of information from Anonymous who are all users of Epik’s services. The volume contains user names, passwords and e-mail addresses as well as contact details with technical support and server operation, in which, according to the group, an important violation of the company’s supposed anonymity is attributed to its customers, who can track down who is behind what the hacktivists called “the fascist side of the internet”.
Founded at 180, the hosting service has been gaining news sites in recent years because it allowed platforms classified as extremist to operate and has been banned by other platforms of the same type. This is the case, for example, with the social network Parler, which gained notoriety among supporters of the former US President Donald Trump, as well as with other websites that support the politician. Anonymous forums like 8Chan, video platforms like BitChute and the conspiracy vehicle InfoWars are also on the list of current and previous customers.
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According to the Anonymous publication, the data volume corresponds to a decade of business activity, but does not include any bank or payment information. On the flip side, there would be credentials to access Epik’s internal systems, with the group claiming that most logins and passwords were stored in clear text on servers, which poses a serious security flaw. Repositories of applications under development, encryption keys, and VPN profiles are also part of the set, which has even been reproduced by other hacktivists.
SCOOP: The “Hackers On Steroids” group got access to a large dataset from Epik, the web host of the Texas GOP website, the Texas Right to Life website, and the anti-abortion snitch website. pic.twitter.com/2meRX9CAPm
– steven ”nothingburger” monacelli (@stevanzetti) September 13, 2021
The leak is part of Operation Jane, which the group calls after the state of Texas signed an anti-abortion bill to put pressure on lawmakers and supporters. Other actions include hacks on the Texas Republican Party website and fundraising campaigns to organizations promoting reproductive health services. Systems and said it takes the security and privacy of its customers seriously and is investigating the suspected break-in. Hours later, in an attempt to prove access to the systems, Anonymous itself defaced a page on the hosting company’s support platform, poking fun at the rejection, and pointing out the existence of new commitments to the company’s platform.