‘Anonymous’ hackers claim to hit website hosting firm popular with Proud Boys

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More than 150 gigabytes were swept away in the data breach, shedding light on years of online activity from far-right groups, including those trying to turn 2020 presidential election. While researchers are still going through the data, Epic has historically provided web hosting services for an array of conspiracy theorists and conservative media networks like Parlor and Gab.

The breach also undermines Epic’s promise to customers that it can protect their anonymity, no matter what dangerous conspiracy theories spread online. For this reason, experts told Granthshala the hack could have consequences for how far-right groups organize and try to protect themselves online.

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Gabriella Coleman, professor of anthropology at Harvard University, told Granthshala, “Such a breach would force some of these actors to find security providers in Europe, outside of North America, possibly to step up their security game.” ” Coleman said the data dump “confirmed a lot of the details of the far-flung ecosystem.”

Emily Kroes, a cybersecurity analyst who studies online extremism, said the breach would be “another factor that would create paranoia among far-right communities online.” Kroes said those groups already feel like they are under surveillance, given their violent attempts to reverse the 2020 presidential election.

Emma Best, co-founder of Distributed Denial of Secrets, a nonprofit that publishes hacktivist data itself, said researchers could spend months on Epic leaks with clues about how disparate people and far-right organizations are connected. Huh.

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In a statement to Granthshala Tuesday night, Epic said the information released by Anonymous included data from 15 million people that was already public.

“Epic has been a trusted resource for many years and our top priority will always be security and privacy,” the firm said.

Epic said in a statement: Last week it “deployed multiple cybersecurity teams” to address the breach. The company, which is based in the Seattle area, strives to reassure customers that “our top priority will always be your safety and privacy.”
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Australian cybersecurity consultant Troy Hunt said the data of many people who are not Epic customers was compromised in the hack. That’s because Epic is apparently collecting data from publicly available third parties on the Internet, according to Hunt.

Hunt, who runs a service that notifies people if their email addresses have been exposed in data breaches, told Granthshala that nearly 100,000 of his customers were affected by the Epic hack.

“It’s a very fetishistic, messy situation,” Hunt said. “Amidst all this, there are a whole bunch of people” who still haven’t been informed that their information was compromised, he said.

This story has been updated with a statement from Epic.

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