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1 Hacker goes after Parler users

hacker goes after parler users

1 Hacker goes after Parler users, archives terabytes of data.

 

Nearly 70 terabytes worth of data were exposed.

this illustration picture shows the social media application logo from parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background in arlington, va., on july 2, 2020. (olivier douliery/afp via getty images)

“hacker goes after parler  users.”

 

The hacker, who goes by @donk_enby on Twitter, said in tweets posted on Jan. 10 that “I am now crawling URLs of all videos uploaded to Parler…This may include things from deleted/private posts.”

In another tweet, she said, “The crawl is now complete. 1098552 video URLs…there will be 1.1M URLs total.”

“These are the original, unprocessed, raw files as uploaded to Parler with all associated metadata,” another tweet said.

 

 

The scraped Parler videos include location data or so-called metadata. That data could be crucial to authorities investigating the Capitol riot. The results are listed on a “Parler Tracker” archival website.   https://tracker.archiveteam.org/parler/#show-all

Addressing privacy concerns, the hacker tweeted: “Since a lot of people seem confused about this detail and there is a bull**** Reddit post going around: only things that were available publicly via the web were archived. I don’t have you [sic] e-mail address, phone or credit card number. unless you posted it yourself on parler.”

The hacker, who describes herself on Twitter as a free speech “Meiklejohnian absolutist,” has a link to a separate page that shows Vienna, Austria, as the location. Among other “skills” listed on that page are “Android, iOS, and React Native mobile application development.”

 

Parler – seen by conservatives as a more open, less-censored alternative to Twitter – became the No. 1 app on the Apple App Store. However, on Friday, Google dropped Parler’s app from the Play Store, followed on Saturday by Apple. Then Amazon Web Services dropped Parler from its web hosting services, effectively shutting it down and making the site inaccessible. 

Parler has been accused of fueling last week’s Capitol riots in Washington, D.C. 

Both the hacker and Parler have yet to respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

 

 

 

 

 

A cybersecurity professional told Fox News that the upshot is the data scraping effort should help law enforcement. “My understanding is that the ‘security researchers’ behind this effort intend to use it to assist law enforcement in identifying individuals involved in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol,” Eric Howes, principal lab researcher at KnowBe4, a security awareness training company, told Fox News. A lesson, however, for innocent users who get caught up in the data scrape is don’t ever assume any data is private, another expert warned.

 

“This should be an example that content posted online can be archived long after the platform is dissolved,” Terence Jackson, the chief information security officer at Thycotic, a Washington D.C.-based cybersecurity firm, told Fox News. “Many companies claim to provide privacy and safety; however, those claims should be thoroughly investigated before posting,” Jackson explained.

KnowBe4’s Howes added that this could also expose innocent people to unnecessary harassment. “If these researchers start sharing that massive cache of data with others, though, individual Parler users could be exposed to a range of other threats from potentially malicious actors,” he said. 

 

Capitol Riots

“csous-titrage en français” “capitol riot video”

 

Parler was banned by Google, Apple,  Facebook, and Amazon Web Services. The CEO of Parler was unaware of the shutdown until it happened. Parler is suing Amazon Web Services for taking down Parler. The Parler Executives are aware the suit will go nowhere due to the power of Amazon. According to Parler CEO John Matze, Jeff Bezos was kind enough to let parler keep their email for the time being.

 

Parler intends to build their own hosting infrastructure, so they are not dependent on FANG. It will take time for this to happen, and doubtful Parler has the resources to accomplish this.

 

 

 

 

 

Back in June, John Matze said in an interview; he wanted Liberals to join the platform.  It seems John Matze, CEO, never intended Parler to be ultra-conservative. The platform originally was more of a comments type forum. The big push that made parler was an influx of Muslim users. The Arabic world tends to fake accounts and mass creation of accounts on all platforms. The platform was pushed by big political figures, such as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Trump Right-Wing-Conservative.

 

The following video is over 28 minutes, but the first 5 minutes and following minute 17 are the most interesting. This was an interview with John Matze by Epoch Times, June 12, 2019.

 

 

 

John Matze said Parler will adhere to  the following rules:

 

  • No Pornography
  • No Nudity
  • No Fighting Words
  • No Inciting Violence
  • No impersonation
  • No Slander
  • No Deathreats
  • Blackmail
  • Miller Test-Approach stated by the Supreme Court

Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973)

 

  1. whether the average person applying contemporary community standards would find the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest
  2. whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law 
  3. whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value

 

 

In conclusion, Free Speech and the 1st Amendment do not protect collaboration to incite violence or an individual promoting violence. Not to mention, banning Trump and Parler is a choice all platforms can make. When Parler signed up for web hosting with Amazon, they agreed to be terminated without warning or reason. When Donald Trump created his Twitter account, he agreed to similar terms and conditions, that he could be removed or banned from the platform without warning or reason. Social Media platforms are not government owned and operated. They are private and it couldn’t be simpler, they can do whatever they want.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Brooke Crothers, Fox News

John Karl Braun Jr, Brauntek

Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973)

Middle State Tennessee University

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