, a forum long accused of promoting targeted online and real-world harassment campaigns, says someone hacked its proxy service and website. As by cybersecurity researcher Kevin Beaumont, it told users in a Telegram message that all avatars had been changed to the logo of another website (supposedly another “free speech” forum) and that “every node in the forums index was deleted at a time. “
While Kiwi Farms appears to have backups and none of the forums data has been permanently deleted, users’ personal information may have been compromised. Founder Joshua Moon urged users to assume that their email and password information, as well as the IP address of any devices they’ve accessed Kiwi Farms with in the past month, have been obtained.
“I don’t know for sure if user information was leaked. In my access logs, they tried to download all user records at once,” Moon wrote in a statement on the Kiwi Farms website. “This caused an error and no output was returned. Shortly after that I turned everything off.
The hacker is said to have used an injected script to collect data from users’ systems. Moon said that because of this method, they accessed his administrator account. Moon added that he would restore the site from a backup, but noted that the process (as well as reviewing Kiwi Farms’ security procedures) would take time. However, he revealed on Telegram today that he had to leave for a week to deal with a family emergency.
Earlier this month, Kiwi Farms was effectively pursuing an attempt to take down the forum. Streamer and political commentator Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti, a prominent target of a campaign of harassment allegedly originating from the site, started the movement to take down Kiwi Farms. While Moon was later able to bring the forum back online by other means.
Cloudflare, a DDoS protection company, due to a significant increase in targeted threats emanating from the site. That appears to have played a role in this weekend’s hack. “Not only did Cloudflare provide DDoS protection, but it was also responsible for many popular exploits like this one,” Moon wrote.
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