“Of course it’s not true. We’re not so stupid we’d allow that to happen,” says allegedly hacked page of Epik.
Epik, one of the most popular and “cheap” domain providers, was reportedly the latest victim of infamous Anonymous hackers. In a report from Ars Technica, right-wing websites like Parler, Gab, 8chan, and the recently-created Texas GOP website were said to be included as victims of the attack.
Anonymous targets right-wing websites
In a very surprising turn of events, hacktivist collective Anonymous claims that they hacked the system of Epik. As reported, over 180 GB of data from the said website provider was stolen by the said group.
Anonymous said that the data was very crucial for the company. They also described it as, “all that’s needed to trace actual ownership and management of the fascist side of the Internet that has eluded researchers, activists, and, well, just about everybody.”
The massive pile of data is reportedly found as a torrent file.
Until now, there was no confirmation if the said data is real or not. However, Epik released a statement saying that they are now taking an investigation for the hacked claims.
“We are not aware of any breach. We take the security of our clients’ data extremely seriously, and we are investigating the allegation,” an Epik representative told in the report.
Anonymous hacks Epik’s knowledge base
Though Epik denied such claims from Anonymous, the hacktivist seemed to be thinking otherwise.
After the denial of the company, Anonymous allegedly tampered its knowledge base in the websites and replace it with this statement:
“On September 13, 2021, a group of kids calling themselves ‘Anonymous’, whom we’ve never heard of, said they manage[d] to get a hold of, well, honestly, all our data, and then released it,” said the altered knowledge base, as seen in an archived copy. “They claim it included all the user data. All of it. All usernames, passwords, e-mails, support queries, breaching all anonymization service[s] we have. Of course it’s not true. We’re not so stupid we’d allow that to happen.”
They ended the statement by revealing: “We [Anonymous] did write this ourselves, this is obviously not part of the hacked account.”
The said post is now removed from the Epik website. However, that could also be another sign that Epik was really a victim of the said attack.
Texas GOP website
Though most of Epik’s clients were controversial websites, one of the latest sites involved on the company is the Texas GOP website.
As reported via Tech Visibility, the said site was recently removed by its former provider, GoDaddy over backlash from the public. After removing it, the Texas GOP site moved to Epik.
Though it was a successful transfer process, the website was still faced with a serious number of fake reports from anti-SB 8 law.
As reported also on Medium, Anonymous recently captured everyone’s attention by replacing the Texas GOP website with captions, “Help Texas Stay Red” with “Texas: Taking Voices from Women to promote theocratic erosion of church/state barriers.”