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United States – Gab

Exploit: Hacking
Gab: Social Media Platform 

Risk to Small Business: 1.479 = Extreme

Right wing social media platform Gab was hacked by hacktivist group DDoSecrets. The platform is notorious for lax censorship of hate speech and is a haven for extremists including white supremacists, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, the alt-right, and QAnon conspiracy theorists. DDosSecrets has posted 70 GB of Gab content to its website including public posts, private posts, user profiles, hashed passwords for users, DMs, and plaintext passwords for groups in SQL format, along with over 70,000 messages in more than 19,000 chats with over 15,000 users in plaintext format.

Individual Risk: 1.447 = Extreme

It is unclear how many individuals may have been impacted. Gab users should be wary of spear phishing attempts, as well as potential legal consequences for nationalist or hate group activity.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Hacktivists are growing bolder in their quest to expose hate in public and private spaces. Information like this will haunt users for years on the dark web.