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

The hacking collective Anonymous last week claimed to have stolen and leaked reams of data held by Epik, a website hosting firm popular with far-right organizations like the Proud Boys.

Il più di 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 il 2020 Elezioni presidenziali. 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 Parlare e Gab.
The breach also undercuts Epik’s pledge to customers that it can safeguard their anonymity, no matter what dangerous conspiracy theories they spread online. Per tale motivo, experts told CNN the hack could have repercussions for how far-right groups organize and try to protect themselves online.
    A breach like this will force some of these actors to find security providers outside of North America, in Europa, to possibly step up their security game,” Gabriella Coleman, a professor of anthropology at Harvard University, ha detto alla CNN. Coleman said the data dumpconfirmed a lot of the details of the far-right ecosystem.
      Emily Crose, a cybersecurity analyst who studies online extremism, said the breachwill be another factor causing paranoia among far-right communities online.Crose said those groups already feel like they’re under surveillance, given their violent attempts to overturn the 2020 Elezioni presidenziali.
        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 haddeployed multiple cyber security teamsto remediate the breach. L'azienda, which is based in the Seattle area, tried to assure customers thatour 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.
          Caccia, 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 peoplewho still haven’t been notified that their information was compromised, Ha aggiunto.
            Epik did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Tuesday evening.

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