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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 11:39 PM

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked--Including Private Data

Source: Wired

On Sunday night the WikiLeaks-style group Distributed Denial of Secrets is revealing what it calls calling “GabLeaks,” a collection of more than 70 gigabytes of Gab data representing more than 40 million posts. DDoSecrets says a hacktivist who self-identifies as "JaXpArO and My Little Anonymous Revival Project" siphoned that data out of Gab's backend databases in an effort to expose the platform's largely rightwing users. Those Gab patrons, whose numbers have swelled after Parler went offline, include large numbers of Qanon conspiracy theorists, white nationalists, and promoters of former president Donald Trump's election-stealing conspiracies that resulted in the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

DDoSecrets cofounder Emma Best says that the hacked data includes not only all of Gab's public posts and profiles—with the exception of any photos or videos uploaded to the site—but also private group and private individual account posts and messages, as well as user passwords and group passwords. "It contains pretty much everything on Gab, including user data and private posts, everything someone needs to run a nearly complete analysis on Gab users and content," Best wrote in a text message interview with WIRED. "It's another gold mine of research for people looking at militias, neo-Nazis, the far right, QAnon and everything surrounding January 6."

DDoSecrets says it's not publicly releasing the data due to its sensitivity and the vast amounts of private information it contains. Instead the group says it will selectively share it with journalists, social scientists, and researchers. WIRED viewed a sample of the data, and it does appear to contain Gab users' individual and group profiles—their descriptions and privacy settings—public and private posts, and passwords. Gab CEO Andrew Torba acknowledged the breach in a brief statement Sunday.

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Torba did not confirm that a security breach had occurred in his Friday statement. But in a followup on Sunday, Torba used a transphobic slur to insult the hackers "attacking" the site, and added that both his and Donald Trump's accounts had been "compromised." (DDoSecrets was careful to note to WIRED that it has not attempted to crack any of the hashed passwords or tested any of the plaintext passwords in the hacked data. WIRED hasn't either.)

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Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/gab-hack-data-breach-ddosecrets/



I posted in GD about the fake Trump message that had appeared on Gab.

I also posted in a reply in that topic that Gab's CEO had blamed the hack on "demon" hackers who are transgender and mentally ill.

https://democraticunderground.com/100215170710#post13

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highplainsdem Feb 2021 OP
Shell_Seas Feb 2021 #1
Blue Owl Feb 2021 #2
highplainsdem Feb 2021 #3
Tree-Hugger Mar 2021 #4
dchill Mar 2021 #5
progressoid Mar 2021 #6
TygrBright Mar 2021 #7
rpannier Mar 2021 #8
crickets Mar 2021 #9
Martin68 Mar 2021 #10
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 2021 #11
BlueWavePsych Mar 2021 #12
godfree2 Mar 2021 #13
godfree2 Mar 2021 #14

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 11:39 PM

1. LOL

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 11:47 PM

2. And yet these idiots can't stay away from their Gabs and their Parlers

They just love being the eternal victim, I guess...

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 11:56 PM

3. Judging by what I've gleaned from Twitter, Torba's hacked Gab account was used to post porn.

Which of course would upset Torba, who IMO is a christofascist who thinks Gab, a RWNJ sewer, is somehow helping spread Christianity.

And FWIW Torba has in the recent past used his Twitter account to retweet and promote a vicious misogynist who likes to use the C word when posting about women. That apparently doesn't offend Torba's self-proclaimed Christian sensibilities.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:09 AM

4. I remember

Gabi's owner was incredibly smug about the superiority of his site and how he controls his own servers and all the minutia. Seems to have worked well for him.

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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:49 AM

5. Good.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:59 AM

6. Wonder what the feds think of this.

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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 01:16 AM

7. That'll get some buttholes a-puckerin'!! n/t

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 02:53 AM

8. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HA HA HA HA

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 01:03 PM

9. Interesting. K&R for visibility.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:31 PM

10. Hooray for transgender demon hackers!

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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:06 PM

11. Sucks to be them

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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 11:11 PM

12. Trump's Account on Gab Was Hacked

https://politicalwire.com/2021/03/01/trumps-account-on-gab-was-hacked/

Trump’s is one of 15,000 Gab accounts that just got hacked

The founder of the far-right social media platform Gab said that the private account of former President Donald Trump was among the data stolen and publicly released by hackers who recently breached the site.

In a statement on Sunday, founder Andrew Torba used a transphobic slur to refer to Emma Best, the co-founder of Distributed Denial of Secrets. The statement confirmed claims the WikiLeaks-style group made on Monday that it obtained 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more from Gab and was making them available to select researchers and journalists. The data, Best said, was provided by an unidentified hacker who breached Gab by exploiting a SQL-injection vulnerability in its code.

"My account and Trump's account were compromised, of course as Trump is about to go on stage and speak," Torba wrote on Sunday as Trump was about to speak at the CPAC conference in Florida. "The entire company is all hands investigating what happened and working to trace and patch the problem."

Gab has long been criticized as a haven for hate speech. In 2018, Google banned the Gab app from its Play Store for terms of service violations. A year later, web host GoDaddy terminated service to Gab after one of its users took to the site to criticize the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society shortly before killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Gab has also been investigated by Pennsylvania's attorney general. In January, the Anti-Defamation League called on the US Justice Department to investigate Gab for its role in the insurrectionist attack on the capitol.


https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/03/gab-the-far-right-website-has-been-hacked-and-70gb-of-data-leaked/

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 09:11 AM

13. Torba will blame the jews for breach & all the fake accounts there

#GABexposed

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 09:41 AM

14. Torba is a compulsive liar

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