Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Right-Wing Data Breach Keeps Widening

The data breach at web hosting company Epik, which infamously tried to keep internet cesspool 8Chan afloat after the Christchurch shooter posted his manifesto there, keeps getting worse, with a second round of leaks to the public being announced:

Three hundred gigabytes of data released, including passwords, addresses, names, and even credit card numbers associated with right-wing operators and organizations. Entire disk images have been obtained: 

“Files are one thing, but a virtual machine disk image allows you to boot up the company’s entire server on your own, We usually see breaches with database dumps, documents, configuration files, etc. In this case, we are talking about the entire server image, with all the programs and files required to host the application it is serving.” 

This pretty much lays bare huge swathes of the online right-wing presence, exposing connections between organizers and the astroturf groups they funnel money to. This series of data breaches will be paying dividends to extremism researchers for years to come. Nothing like a proverbial solar flare to illuminate dark money!


Anonymous said...

Yeah, Mental Outlaw @ Youtube made mention of this last week. Ten years of data scooped up. Oops!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

It's amazing how bad their OpSec is.

Richard said...

This is off topic, but a couple days ago we were talking about bird migration and how to keep them a little safer.

It turns out that many people are talking about this.

Today i just learned about something called BirdCast from Cornell University ornithology scientists. It is worth a look.
I don't know how to put a link, but they are easy to find.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I blogged about this early in September. The Cornell University ornithology lab has some great resources.