The more than
150 gigabytes of data swept up in the breach shine a light on years of online activities from far-right groups
, including those who tried to overturn
la 2020 elecciones presidenciales. While researchers are still sifting through the data
, Epik has historically provided web hosting services to an array of conspiracy theorists
, and for conservative media networks like Parler
Emma Best, co-founder of Distributed Denial of Secrets, a non-profit that itself has published hacktivist data, said researchers could be poring over the Epik leaks for months for clues into how different people and far-right organizations are linked.
Epik said in a statement last week that it had
“deployed multiple cyber security teams
” to remediate the breach
. The company
, which is based in the Seattle area
, tried to assure customers that
“our highest priority will always be your security and privacy.
Troy Hunt, an Australian cybersecurity consultant, said numerous people who are not Epik customers also had their data compromised in the hack. That’s because Epik has apparently been collecting third-party data that is publicly available on the internet, according to Hunt.
Hunt, who runs a service that informs people if their email addresses have been exposed in data breaches, told CNN that about 100,000 of his subscribers had been affected by the Epik hack.
“It’s a very salacious, messy situation,” Hunt said. “Amongst all this, there’s a whole bunch of people” who still haven’t been notified that their information was compromised, él agregó.
Epik did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Tuesday evening.