Parler-like site Gab was hacked, 70 GB of data is now in the hands of an activist group

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nanoguy

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What just happened? After Parler was shut down, many of its users flocked to a similar platform called Gab, which was recently hacked. The treasure trove includes both public and private data on 15,000 Gab users, which will provide journalists and researchers with an important sociological resource.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that social media app Parler had been used as a means to organize the January 6 assault on the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. By downloading and archiving almost all of the data posted on Parler before it was booted off of Amazon Web Services, security researchers revealed the ugly side of a social network that appealed to people with extreme political views.

Two months later, a similar thing is happening to a different digital refuge called Gab, which is where many of Parler's users migrated after Parler was shut down. According to Wired, a hacker embarked on a quest to expose Gab's patrons and was able to extract data out of backend databases using a SQL injection vulnerability.

The resulting treasure trove spans more than 70 gigabytes of data on the platform's users and includes more than 40 million posts from the site. This represents public and private interactions between ~15,000 Gab users and is accompanied by records detailing user profiles, hashed passwords, and plain-text passwords for groups.

There are no images or videos, but this is still an extensive data breach that reportedly includes the accounts of prominent personalities such as former President Donald Trump, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Infowars host Alex Jones. The company, however, denies that it suffered a data breach and assured Gab users that their passwords have not been revealed.

Anti-secrecy activist group DDoSecrets has compiled the data into something it calls GabLeaks, with the intention of providing it to select journalists, social scientists, and researchers for further analysis. This prompted a response from Gab CEO Andrew Torba, who described the hacktivists as "mentally ill" demons. He also noted "reporters, who write for a publication that has written many hit pieces on Gab in the past, are in direct contact with the hacker and are essentially assisting the hacker in his efforts to smear our business and hurt you, our users."

Whatever the case may be, the data will likely provide researchers with a good tool to study how disinformation campaigns, hate speech, and organized violence propagate from one platform to the next.

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Darth Shiv

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"Their passwords were not revealed" LMAO... but everything else was? I really hate American lawyer speak. So disingenuous.
 

terzaerian

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Whatever the case may be, the data will likely provide researchers with a good tool to study how disinformation campaigns, hate speech, and organized violence propagate from one platform to the next.

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kiwigraeme

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Another laugh
so many gabsters probably can't handle the jandal - eg fine to call others snowflakes, take pleasure in Russians hacking of the Democrat servers - but cry it's unfair when it happens to them.
What Timothy McVeigh did was wrong- but at least he wasn't a whiny baby. Can anyone name a Republican Senator or congressman- who preached death penalty/ throw away the key - When they got caught didn't whine like a baby?

Those comments above by upset posters -You are on a tech site - consider the mantra - nothing is private on the internet . Remember how the alt.right based a lot of their argument that it was a lie the world was warming on tenuous hacked emails of Mann - and other dubious dribblings that data was massaged because science should not adjust for various makers of sensors for water temperature recording devices and measurements taken at different depths .
Speaking of honesty - I have yet to see one of those deniers admit they were wrong on the world warming - think their arguments now - warming is just great- extra CO2 and heat is great for plants it's all they need to grow- warming is caused by some unknown cycle , it was warm in the mediterranean a 1000 years ago so nothing new ( because a single data point in time and place is the whole world ) - plus the old standby it's a scam by filthy rich climate scientists - and part of the globalist conspiracy plot to take over the free world
 

mattferg

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If they want to track heat speech and violence I might suggest Twitter and Facebook, look at groups such as blm, antifa, Democrat socialists

And find no examples of it, because all the Trumpists got kicked off? Yeah the Dems caused the violence, not the MAGA *****s who killed a cop at the Capitol 🤦🏻‍♂️

Turn off NewsMax buddy, the lies have rotted your brain.
 
...lies have rotted your brain.
Recently I was watching some Athletics competition, and then one thought had come to my mind. There is a thing that puts at risk all our efforts in Equity and Inclusiveness. And it is our sports, although we have already overcome almost any white supremacism and LGBTQ inacceptance there.

Have you ever seen a body positive person in Athletics? Any anorexic person in powerlifting? Any person with the Down’s syndrome in chess?

Our sports are deeply plagued with ableism. It should be stopped immediately. Period.

We have to strongly require that not less than ten percent of any sports team should represent handicapped persons. We have to demand an access to sport teams for any people, without an accent at their abilities and previous records. We have to make necessary that mentally challenged persons could be trainers and couches, especially in baseball, football, basketball, any ball teams.

In this shall we conquer!
 

Adi6293

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Remind me again how many democrats stormed the Capitol or beat a cop to death with a fire extinguisher?

That riot lasted 1 day, last year BLM and Antifa were rioting for months!! And not just in USA but in many other countries too, maybe educate yourself a bit more before you start typing next time eh? And see what those movements really stand for because it's not equality I can tell you that
 

umbala

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If they want to track heat speech and violence I might suggest Twitter and Facebook, look at groups such as blm, antifa, Democrat socialists
Uh-huh, and groups like the proud boys, oath keepers, three percenters, white nationalists, QAnon and other far right conspiracy theory based groups. You know, all those peaceful protesters at the capital riot....oh wait.
 
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