A major far-right platform got hit by a data breach, revealing the names and addresses of Proud Boys, QAnon, and Texas Right to Life backers
QAnon and Trump supporters at the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, DC on January 6th. Andrew Lichtenstein / Getty Images
Hackers accessed Epik, a web platform that hosted websites from groups like QAnon and the Proud Boys.
Approximately 15 million names, email addresses, and phone numbers were leaked in the September 13 hack.
The Anonymous hacking group took credit.
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Hackers broke through a large web platform last week that was helping far-right groups like the Proud Boys and QAnon operate online.
Approximately 15 million names, phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses of the Epik platform have been revealed.
The Anonymous hacker group adopted the violation.
In an email to customers on Monday shared on Twitter by data scientist Emily Gorcenski, Epik said it was on or about Jan.
Epik’s clients included the Texas Republican Party, Parler, Gab, 8chan, Infowars, BitChute, the Proud Boys, members of QAnon, the pro-gun forum AR15.com, the pro-Trump site The Donald and the neo-Nazi -Blog the Daily Stormer, according to Ars Technica and NPR.
Anonymous said on Sept. 13 that it had accessed approximately 180 gigabytes of archived information, calling it “the company’s data for a decade”. News of the violation was first reported by journalist Steven Monacelli.
Last Friday, Epik CEO Rob Monster held a four-hour online Q&A to address the hack. He said there had been “a hijacking of data that should not have been hijacked”.
Many far-right and conservative groups are struggling to maintain web hosting services because of their inflammatory content.
ProLifeWhistleblower, a website created by the Texas Right to Life movement that enabled people to share tips about people making abortions easier in Texas, was launched by GoDaddy on September 2nd. She moved to Epik.
Parler, a social media site popular with far-right groups, was shut down by Amazon Web Services after the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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Epik has thrown out right customers in the past.
It banned 8chan after the Sagittarius Manifesto was posted on the forum in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019.
Epik also previously hosted the far-right social platform Gab, Wired reported, although recent records show that Gab is now hosted by Cloudflare. It’s unclear when Epik stopped hosting Gab.
Experts believe hacks like the one Anonymous claimed will propel the groups to companies outside of the US.
“A violation like this will force some of these actors to find security vendors outside of North America, in Europe, to potentially increase their security game,” Gabriella Coleman, professor of anthropology at Harvard University, told CNN.
While Anonymous said the hack was aimed at identifying people behind right-wing websites, it also released the personal information of some people who are not Epik customers, the privacy monitor said Have I Been Pwned.
“The breach not only exposed a huge amount of data from Epik customers, it also deleted WHOIS records from individuals and organizations that were not Epik customers,” the website said.
Correction: This story has been updated to better reflect Epik’s relationship with Gab.
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