Oath Keepers leak includes US military and government email addresses

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Official military and government email addresses can be found in a leaked list of members of the Oath Keepers Militia.

The paramilitary group, currently embroiled in the controversy after 19 of its members were arrested and charged with their alleged involvement in the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill, the data of which came to light on Monday after allegedly being targeted by a hacker.

The 5GB data cache, most of which has been released to the public by the journalism and transparency collective DDoSecrets, contains emails and group chats as well as member and donor information.

Among the files included is a suspected members list filled with over 38,000 emails.

Some of the entries display the corresponding names, physical addresses, phone numbers, and IP addresses. The member list does not specify whether a suspected member is or has ever been active with Oath Keepers. An email address on the list doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a member.

Analysis of the data by the Daily Dot revealed 160 suspected members who shared their official military or government emails with the militia. It is not known whether the suspected members are currently active in the paramilitary group.

About 28 email addresses included in the list use the .gov domain, including those from local municipal governments to sheriff’s departments. Other email addresses are linked to more obscure government agencies, like the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are also represented in the data. One domain even comes from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory that helped design nuclear weapons during World War II.

A total of 132 email addresses found in the list used the .mil domain, of which 100 were from the U.S. military. Other branches of the military on the list include the US Air Force, US Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Marine Corps.

In a statement to the Daily Dot, spokesman Matt Leonard said the military prohibits personnel from defending what it considers “extremist” causes.

“The military prohibits military personnel from defending the doctrine, ideology or causes of supremacist, extremist or criminal gangs. There is no room for extremism in the military and we will investigate each report individually and take appropriate action, ”Leonard said. “Any type of activity involving violence, civil disobedience or breach of the peace may be punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice or under state or federal law. “

The Daily Dot has contacted the many other military branches and government agencies listed in the breach, but has not received responses at press time.

While the email addresses can also be found in a separate backup database, many, including some that are clearly fake, appear to be from users who signed up on the Oath Keepers website simply to criticize the group. .

The leak comes just days after the hack into web hosting company Epik, where the Oath Keepers have been a client since January. The Daily Dot was unable to confirm whether the militia group’s hack was linked to the Epik breach.


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* First published: Sep 27, 2021, 5:02 p.m. CDT

Mikaël Thalen

Mikael Thalen is a Seattle-based tech and security reporter covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.

Mikaël Thalen


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