Epik, the domain registrar known to host far-right websites and social media services, was recently hacked, according to a statement from someone claiming to be associated with the online collective known as Anonymous.
As the first reported Monday by journalist Steven Monacelli, the hacker claims that “a decade of corporate data” has been obtained, including all domain purchases, domain transfers and uncensored website registration data that may shed light on individuals and groups behind extremist or hate sites.
“This dataset is all that is needed to trace the actual ownership and management of the fascist side of the internet that has eluded researchers, activists and, well, almost everyone,” the hacker boasted. computer by announcing the attack.
The company dubbed itself the “Swiss Domains Bank,” with the company’s CEO Rob Monster joking earlier this year to NPR that he is “the Lex Luthor of the Internet.” In this story, Monster compared white supremacist leaders to “shock jocks” and claimed that while he did not personally believe that such content should “be accessible to people on the Internet,” his post remained. âThe decision of our client organizationsâ. Epik clients include Gab, the social networking platform where a user bragged about targeting a Pittsburgh synagogue just before he committed his murderous assault, and Parler, whose links to the attack on 6 January against the US Capitol got it started by major technology vendors.
Emma Best, key figure at DDoS Secrets, a web archive whose public interest mission is to host pirated and leaked data, tweeted Tuesday morning the site was working to obtain the materials and share them with researchers and journalists. The group says it is preparing 180 gigabytes of data from “Epik, known to contain fascist, white supremacist and other right-wing content.” In a separate Tweeter, Best noted the group’s history with the hacked domain registrar, noting that Epik’s services “were used to defame, stalk and threaten #DDoSSecrets members” after the site hosted data obtained from Gab. âEpik knew. Gab’s CEO knew that. They all allowed it, âBest wrote.
Although a company spokesperson did not respond to a Mother Jones request for comment Tuesday afternoon, Gizmodo reported that a company spokesperson claimed that Epik had carried out an investigation but was “not aware of any violations.”
Monday’s press release announcing the hack called for support from “# OperationJaneâ, An online campaign for abortion rights that promotes the flooding of websites and news lines with false reports after Texas enacted anti-abortion law asking citizens to identify anyone participating in or encouraging the procedure. An Epik affiliate briefly supported a leading advice site linked to the new law, but cut virtually all services, the company telling reporters that such a site violated its terms of service.