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A major far-right platform got hit by a data breach, revealing the names and addresses of Proud Boys, QAnon, and Texas Right to Life backers

QAnon and Trump supporters at the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, DC. Andrew Lichtenstein/Getty Images * Hackers accessed Epik, a web platform that hosted sites run by groups like QAnon and the Proud Boys. * Some 15 million names, email addresses, and phone numbers were leaked in the September 13 hack. * The hacking group Anonymous has claimed credit. * See more stories on Insider's business page. A major web platform that helped far-right groups like the Proud Boys and QAnon operate online has been hit by a huge data breach. Around 15 million names, phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses held by Epik were revealed in the September 13 leak. The hacking group Anonymous has claimed credit for the breach. In an email to customers on September 15, later shared to Twitter by the data scientist Emily Gorcenski, Epik confirmed that it experienced an "unauthorized intrusion." Epik's previous clients have included the Texas Republican Party, Parler, Gab, 8chan, InfoWars, BitChute, the Proud Boys, members of QAnon, the pro-gun forum AR15.com, the pro-Trump site The Donald, and the neo-Nazi blog the Daily Stormer, according to ArsTechnica and NPR. Anonymous said that it accessed around 180 gigabytes of archived information, saying it was a "decade's worth of data from the company." News of the breach was first reported by the journalist Steven Monacelli. Last Friday, Epik CEO Rob Monster held a four-hour online Q&A to address the hack, in which he said there had been a "hijack of data that should not have been hijacked." Many far-right and conservative groups have struggled to maintain web-hosting services as a result of their incendiary content. The website ProLifeWhistleblower.com, a site created by the Texas Right to Life movement that allowed people to submit tips about people helping facilitate abortions in Texas, was kicked off GoDaddy on September 2. Parler, a social media site popular among far-right groups, was dropped by Amazon Web Services following the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Epik has also kicked out right-wing clients before. It banned 8chan after the manifesto of the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shooter was posted on the forum in 2019. In 2018, it also dropped Gab, another far-right social media site, after it hosted anti-Semitic commentary made by the perpetrator of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Experts believe hacks like the one claimed by Anonymous will drive the groups to companies outside the US. "A breach like this will force some of these actors to find security providers outside of North America, in Europe, to possibly step up their security game," Gabriella Coleman, a professor of anthropology at Harvard University, told CNN. While Anonymous said the attack was aimed at identifying people behind right-wing sites, the personal details of some people who are not Epik clients were also released as part of the hack. "The breach exposed a huge volume of data not just of Epik customers, but also scraped ... records belonging to individuals and organizations who were not Epik customers," the data-privacy monitor HaveIBeenPwned said.Read the original article on Business Insider
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