Twitter Alternative GETTR Hacked and User Info Provided to Leftist Journalists


By Cassandra Fairbanks

Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller’s Twitter alternative GETTR was breached before the platform could officially launch.

The site was also hacked and defaced on the Fourth of July.

Usernames, email addresses and locations of thousands of users were scraped and provided to leftist journalists at Vice.

The targeting of the website is similar to the recent hack of another pro-free speech platform, Gab. User data and records following that hack were also provided to left wing journalists.

Alon Gal, the co-founder and CTO of cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock, told Vice News that this should be considered a “data breach.”

“When threat actors are able to extract sensitive information due to neglectful API implementations, the consequence is equivalent to a data breach and should be handled accordingly by the firm and to be examined by regulators,” he told Motherboard in an online chat.

On the Fourth of July, someone also hacked into the platform and used it to deface the pages for some of the most prominent figures who had joined, including Jason Miller himself, former CIA director Mike Pompeo, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, and pro-Trump congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The hacker told Insider that he targeted the site “just for fun.”

Currently, there seems to be little effort being made to catch the activist hackers responsible for these attacks, which hasn’t previously been the case.

In 2011, Andrew Auernheimer, better known as Weev, was charged with identity theft and conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after finding a vulnerability on AT&T’s website that allowed him to see the email addresses of roughly 100,000 iPad users. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay $73,000 in restitution before his conviction was vacated.

It is currently unclear if there is a criminal investigation into the incidents.

Vice reports, “Last week, cybersecurity reporter Zack Whittaker predicted that someone would soon scrape all the website’s content. For now, no one has scraped all the content on the site—at least that we know—but tens of thousands of GETTR users have now had their email addresses exposed.”

One can’t help but wonder if this whole ordeal, the way it is being reported included, is an effort to scare people away from joining platforms that will be less likely to censor. Currently, left wing journalists and activists have been having a very high success rate silencing people who they deem to be politically problematic on the giants like Facebook and Twitter.

New platforms, and existing ones like Gab, will be far less likely to bow to a mobs demands.

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13 responses to “Twitter Alternative GETTR Hacked and User Info Provided to Leftist Journalists”

  1. Etan-Ra says:

    This is good. Social media is killing us. If you cant exist in their space and they wont let you have your own Then what’s next having to actually talk to each other with out a crowd dictating what is acceptable. I don’t know if face to face interactions will work, but I have heard it was effective in the past.

  2. pierre@fawcett.dk says:

    No problem. We all know from the Hunter Biden thing that the media will NEVER use hacked material.

  3. YenZel says:

    White text on a mostly white thumbnail, almost impossible to read headline…also probably racist 😛

  4. Starchuk says:

    Sooooo …
    Today, I bought 2 pairs of DC’s.
    For 1/2 of one pair of Nike’s.
    The same price as 1 pair of Addias.
    Go Team USA 🇺🇲

    It don’t matter what they think …
    It only matters what I do 🎯

    Winning …

  5. Juliegirl1313 says:

    I never use my real info when I join a social website. The email address I used to join Gettr was an address I use planning on it getting spammed to hell. So what? It’s just Commies trying to silence us and big tech trying to stop a competitor who doesn’t want to immediately sell out.

  6. UppityG says:

    I have never used my real name, DOB or my main email address when signing up for anything online, including Gettr. To its credit, it did not demand a cellphone # from me to sign up, so at least that was not at risk.

    And now you see why I refuse to fork over a cellphone # to Twitter just to get back in after being shown a demand for one in order to log in. And as far as Dorsey is concerned, as long as he can tell advertisers that he has billions of users, because that’s how many accounts he can technically count, their actual usage by a human notwithstanding.

    Of course, Dorsey is lying to his adverts anyway and if they don’t think so, they deserve each other.

    • UppityG says:

      P.S. Also, the hacker and Vice should be prosecuted for their breaking and entering, and theft and made to pay dearly for their crimes against anyone they don’t like politically. Because if they aren’t prosecuted, it will keep incentivizing them to do worse.

  7. Scootouchard says:

    I just signed up for that site. So now my information has been compromised a thousand and one times.

  8. vagabondancer says:

    Simple, just don’t hide. Publicly stand up against the Left’s bullshit. Show some courage. Then, something like your email address being leaked won’t be a big deal.

  9. chasetheplayer says:

    Apparently it’s on Google’s servers, so they didn’t learn their lesson from Parler.

  10. KDiddy says:

    I’m thinking they must have gotten in by guessing the admin password.
    Username: Admin
    Password: Trump2024!

  11. Toratiger says:

    Can’t have anything that threatens Twitter’s orthodoxy.