Would-be vigilantes, the oath-keepers are said to have been hacked

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Armed Oath Keepers walking the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, during protests against the police killing of Michael Brown on Aug. 10, 2015.

Armed Oath Keepers walking the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, during protests against the police killing of Michael Brown on Aug. 10, 2015.
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Just a few weeks after the publication of a 180 gigabyte data treasure from the right-wing extremist’s preferred domain registrar and web host, the not-for-profit journalists collective Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) uploaded a cache of data which was allegedly stolen by the far right, anti-government side Oath Guardian Group.

The Oath Keepers are best known for keeping them in place Disputes with public land administrators and demonstrations for right-wing extremist concerns across the country, as well as showing up with weapons Protests against Black Lives Matter. They generally present themselves as a group of concerned citizens who aim to keep the peace, protect constitutional rights from a tyrannical government, and protect local businesses from pillage – although they are effectively unlicensed to the teeth as a gang operate armed vigilante groups trying to create like-minded people praise vigilante violence, and generally generate tension wherever they go. According to Washington Post, Many longtime Oath Keepers watchers describe founder Stewart Rhodes less as a militia leader than as a crook who is talented at inciting extremists and exaggerating the size and influence of the group; other segments of the extreme right, such as white racists, have mocked them as delusional boomers.

Several Oath Keepers were in the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in hopes of carrying out a coup that would give Donald Trump a second term. At least 22 alleged members or affiliated companies look at or have already been convicted on federal fees in connection with the incident, with media reports document your extensive preparations for violence on the day of the uprising. Rhodes was not charged. But the prosecutors claimed it was him on site outside of the Capitol on January 6th and notified at least 19 times by phone with other Oath Keepers during the uprising, which apparently contradicts his statements that none of the members involved had not coordinated their actions with him.

The Oath Keepers internal data cache, released to DDoSecrets by a hacker, is roughly 3.8 gigabytes in size and contains a huge amount of information about the organization and its members. The email archives for each chapter of the group and some of their leaders like Rhodes are in the leak and total around 10,000 emails. Messages from the group’s “Rocket.Chat” chat service will be included from June 2020 and between March 2021 and mid-September.

Approximately 38,000 email addresses are in an additional file labeled as a member list, many of which are associated with names, addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses, donation histories, and other information the daily point, but it’s not clear which of these entries are associated with current or former Oath Keepers. This number matches an internal number used by Oath Keepers in a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, but is much higher than that the Anti-Defamation League Estimated at around 1,000-3,000 oath-keepers. DDoSecrets co-founder Emma Best told the Daily Dot that the membership list and other files containing donor and financial information will only be shared with journalists.

A June analysis of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project did not estimate the total number of contributing members of the organization, but noted that it is comprised primarily of active and former police and military personnel who “often seem to downplay their involvement in events,” suggested Rhodes once proposed that members should remain anonymous. ”The report found that the Oath Keepers remain regardless of their actual membership popular on social media—Rhodes has reached irrelevant Celebrity status in Republican circles– and have used this to attract disproportionate press attention.

Gizmodo has asked the Oath Keepers organization for confirmation and comment, but has not received an immediate response – we will update this post when we do.

Epik’s hack has started to expose many far-right trolls who have relied on the registrar’s willingness to Register websites anonymously, like a Florida realtor named Joshua Alayon who was fired after being exposed as the owner of several racist and anti-Semitic websites. The group that posted this data to DDoSecrets claimed to be affiliated with the loosely organized hacker collective Anonymous, although the Daily Dot reported that there was no evidence of the Oath Keepers publication was part of the same operation.

However, the Oath Keepers abruptly shut down their website, less than a week after the Capitol’s failed uprising, with Rhodes claims that the hosting service LiquidWeb had terminated its contract under pressure from the left. The Oath Keepers eventually emigrated to Epik, where shoddy security practices included Storing vast amounts of user data, including credit card numbers, emails, usernames, and passwords, in insecure formats. So it’s pretty easy to see where the folks behind this hack got account credentials or other information that could enable them to escape using the Oath Keepers’ internal records.

“The Oath Keepers leak provides an unprecedented view of the group’s members, donors, structures and operations, both in the months before and immediately after the January 6 riot attempt,” Best told the Daily Dot. “While some questions remain unanswered, the answers that can be given to any of the largest far-right groups, including current and former law enforcement and military officials, will provide ample fuel for both national and local journalists.”

Gizmodo has downloaded copies of the Oath Keepers data and will evaluate their contents.

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