Hacktivist group Anonymous has reportedly obtained gigabytes of data from web hosting company Epic and leaked decades of data online.
Apart from being a web host, Epic also provides domain name and DNS services to its customers. However, like bulletproof hosting companies, it has a reputation for providing web space to many customers who struggle to find hosting elsewhere due to the nature of their content.
Anonymous started with 4chan in 2003 and became famous for hacking many big companies like Church of Scientology, Westboro Baptist Church, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Sony. If you’re familiar with Sam Esmail’s robots, the show’s hacking group Society was inspired by oblivion.
In total, Anonymous claims to have obtained over 180GB of data from Epic, and this stolen data is now being released online as a torrent. The dataset is said to include payment history, account credentials, WHOIS history, domain purchases, DNS changes, and detailed information about the company’s customers.
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Anonymous first began targeting Epic after the Texas Heartbeat Act, which strictly bans abortions for women, was signed earlier this month. As part of the new law, any Texas resident can file a civil suit against another person who will help with an abortion or abortion six weeks later.
After losing hosting to GoDaddy, Texas Right to Life Group whistleblower website replaced Epic as a new registrar, name server, not hosting. Epic immediately notified site owners that it violated the company’s terms of service, but the move exposed the web hosting company to Anonymous’s radar.
in the meantime TechRadar Pro I asked Epic for a statement, but at the time of writing there was no response. but in a statement Ars TechnicaGiving further details on the issue, a spokesperson for the company said:
“We are not aware of any violation. We take the security of our customers’ data very seriously and are investigating the allegations.”
To insult the injury, Anonymous changed Epic’s knowledge base to mock the company by denying the infringement.
And more will come as security researchers analyze and verify the records of all companies and customers in Anonymous’s 180GB torrent.
via Ars Technica