Inside Gab, the Online Safe Space for Far-Right Extremists - 2021-03-15

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F0.png Inside Gab, the Online Safe Space for Far-Right Extremists March 15, 2021, Micah Lee, The Intercept

In late February, somebody hacked Gab, an online safe space for white supremacists and other extremists. The hacker, who self-identifies as "JaXpArO and My Little Anonymous Revival Project," exfiltrated roughly 65 gigabytes of data, including 4 million Gab accounts, 31,000 groups, and 39 million posts (over 100,000 of which were posted to private groups).

The hacker then leaked this data, which spans the site's launch in August 2016 until February 19, to the transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets. In a Gab post, the hate site's CEO Andrew Torba falsely accused DDoSecrets of hacking Gab, using an anti-trans slur while he was at it.

Due to privacy concerns, DDoSecrets is only offering GabLeaks to journalists and researchers who request access rather than publishing the full leak on the internet. (For the record, I'm a member of the DDoSecrets advisory board.)

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Micah | last = Lee | title = Inside Gab, the Online Safe Space for Far-Right Extremists | url = https://theintercept.com/2021/03/15/gab-hack-donald-trump-parler-extremists/ | work = The Intercept | date = March 15, 2021 | accessdate = December 16, 2022 }}