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Anonymous claimed to have snatched gigabytes of data from Epik

Exploit: Hacking

Epik: Webhosting

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Risk to Business: 1.227 = Extreme

Legendary hacktivist group Anonymous has struck again, this time claiming to have snatched gigabytes of data from Epik, a domain name, hosting, and DNS service provider for a variety of right-wing sites including Texas GOP, Gab, Parler and 8chan including extremist groups. The hacktivist collective announced in a press release that the data set, which is over 180GB in size, contains a “decade’s worth of data from the company.” It has been released as a torrent. Members of the whistleblower site, Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), have also made the data set available via alternate means. The Ars Technica story on the incident, linked above, is absolutely worth reading and includes the press release as well as other actions by Anonymous in the same vein. The group perpetrated this hack as part of its Operation Jane campaign.

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Individual Risk: 1.305 = Extreme

It is unclear to what extent this hack exposed personal information for owners of sites hosted by Epik or other personal or financial data. However, reports from experts who have viewed the data say that it is highly likely that Epik customers and users should expect that their data has been stolen.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Experts who have seen the stolen data contend that Epik was negligent in its storage of PII and passwords, making the hack easier for Anonymous.

Source: Arstechnica