Just a few weeks after the publication of a 180 gigabytes of data of the preferred registry of far-right domains and web hosts, the nonprofit journalistic collective Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) is loaded the data cache it was allegedly stolen from the far right, against the government Oath Keepers Group.
The guardians of the oath are best known for coming into force in conflicts with public land managers and demonstrations for far-right reasons across the state, as well as appearing with weapons in Protests Black Lives Matter. They generally present themselves as a group of concerned citizens whose goal is to preserve peace, protect constitutional rights from the tyrannical government and protect local businesses from looting — despite acting as a group of unauthorized, armed teeth, trying to raise the property of like-minded people, praise violent violence, i generally raise tensions wherever they go. According to Washington Post, many longtime observers of the Guardians of the Oath describe founder Stewart Rhodes as less of a militia leader than a fraud who is talented at suppressing extremists and exaggerating the size and influence of the group; other segments of the far right, like white supremacists, ridiculed them as misconceptions.
Several oath keepers were present in the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, hoping to carry out a coup that would bring Donald Trump a second term. Least 22 alleged members or affiliates are inverted or have already been convicted at federal taxes in connection with the incident, along with media reports documentation theirs extensive preparations for violence on the day of the riot. Rhodes is not charged. But prosecutors claimed it was on the spot outside the Capitol January 6 and communicated at least 19 times over the phone with other guardians of the oath during the rebellion, seemingly contradictory to his statements that all the members involved did not coordinate their actions with him.
The internal memory cache of Oath Keepers, which the hacker released to DDoSecrets, is approximately 3.8 gigabytes and includes a huge amount of information about the organization and its members. The email archives for each chapter of the group and some of its leaders, such as Rhodes, have leaked and contain a total of about 10,000 emails. Group chat messages “Rocket.Chat” are included from June 2020 and between March 2021 and mid-September.
Approximately 38,000 email addresses are in an additional file marked as a list of members, many of which are associated with names, physical addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses, donation histories, and other information, according to daily point, but it is not clear which of these entries are related to current or former custodians of the oath. This number matches the internal number of the oath keeper in the report Center for Strategic and International Studies, but is much larger than Defamation League an estimate of approximately 1,000-3,000 oath keepers. DDoSecrets co-founder Emma Best told the Daily Dot that the list of members and other dossiers with donor and financial data will be published only to journalists.
A June analysis by the Project and Events Armed Conflicts Project did not hit the total membership fee of the paying organization, but noted that it is largely composed of active officers and former police and military personnel who “often diminish their participation in events, with Rhodes once suggested that members should remain anonymous. “The report states that regardless of the scale of its actual membership, the guardians of the oath remain popular on social media– Rhodes has achieved minor celebrity status u Republican circles“And they used that to attract the disproportionate attention of the press.”
Gizmodo contacted Oath Keepers for confirmation and comment, but did not receive an immediate response – we will update this post when we do.
Epic’s hacking began to expose many far-right trolls who relied on the registrar’s willingness to register websites anonymously, like a Florida property named Joshua Alayon who was fired after being discovered as the owner of several racist and anti-Semitic websites. The group that released the data to DDoSecrets claimed to be linked to the loosely organized hacker collective Anonymous, although the Daily Dot reported no evidence that they were custodians of the oath let go was part of the same operation.
However, the oath keepers abruptly shut down their website less than a week after the failed Capitol uprising, with Rhodes claims that the hosting service LiquidWeb terminated the contract under pressure from the left. The oath keepers eventually migrated to Epic, where sloppy security practices included storing huge amounts of user data including credit card numbers, emails, usernames and passwords in insecure formats. It is therefore fairly easy to see where the people behind this hacking may have obtained credentials for the account or other information that could allow them to escape the internal records of the Oath Keeper.
“The oath of allegiance provides an unprecedented portrayal of group members, donors, structures and operations, both in the months before and immediately after the January 6 uprising attempt,” Best told the Daily Dot. “While some questions will remain, the answers he can give about one of the largest extreme right-wing groups that includes current and former law enforcement agencies and the military will provide enough fuel for both national and local journalists.”
Gizmodo has taken copies of the Oath Keepers data and will evaluate their contents.
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