The Gab Social Network Website. Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Bloomberg
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The founder of the far-right social media platform Gab has confirmed that hackers have breached the website and revealed the report by former US President Donald Trump.
Yesterday, Gab CEO Andrew Torba said that hackers were demanding $ 500,000 Bitcoin for the stolen data, but the company had no payment plans.
“The people who hold us as ransom are blackmailers. We don’t pay a ransom. We don’t negotiate with blackmailers. Period,” he says in a post titled “Gab doesn’t negotiate with criminal demons.”
“These people are not ‘ethical hackers’. There is nothing ‘ethical’ about getting millions of Internet users into partisan agendas.”
The data was shared with the WikiLeaks-style Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) group, which states that around 70 GB of data was received, including passwords and private messages.
It contains all of Gab’s public posts and profiles, with the exception of photos or videos, as well as private posts and messages from groups and individuals.
“This dataset contains over 70,000 messages in more than 19,000 chats from 15,000 users in clear text format,” said Lorax Horne, director of DDoSecrets.
The group says it obtained the data from a hacking group and was not involved in the breach itself. Hackers named JaXpArO and My Little Anonymous Revival Project were responsible for this.
The group plans to selectively share the data to protect the privacy of ordinary users. However, it does contain a great deal of information about those who were present during the January 6th storming of the Capitol.
Torba does not take the events well and describes the hackers – whom he identifies with DDoSecrets – as “mentally ill” and uses a transphobic arc.
“The same people behind this attack attacked law enforcement officers and their family members last summer,” he said in a tweet.
“The government treats them as a criminal hacker organization. We are working with our law enforcement partners on this matter.”
He’s also extremely upset that DDoSecrets can still process payments through PayPal, Substack, and ActBlue, all of which have refused to work with Gab himself. While
Has been around since 2016, its popularity really increased early in the year when the similar right-wing site Parler went offline. It was widely viewed as a rallying point for the Capitol rioters.