11 Jan 2021

It was a dark week in US politics last week, ranging from the storming of the Capitol Building on January 6 to impeachment papers being drafted on the president, for inciting said act.

But it’s turning out to be a dark week for others, as well.

Take John Matze, for example.  He is the CEO of Parler, which is an alternative social media outlet that prides itself on its “free speech” policies.

As you may know, there was a mass right-wing exodus from mainstream social media sites, like Twitter and Facebook, to Parler.  The exodus began in earnest in the Spring of 2020, not long before the election, with Conservatives complaining that they felt like they were being collectively censored for their ideas.  In their mind, it had nothing to do with the spreading of misinformation or calls for violence, but because the platforms simply didn’t appreciate the fact that not all of their users were social justice warriors.  Then, Trump himself was kicked off the mainstream sites for inciting violence, due to the fact that inciting violence violates the rules of the platforms.

In fact, it was widely believed that Trump would take his account and his followers to Parler after his ban.  But alas, it looks like that won’t be happening; at least, not any time soon.

That’s because Google and Apple removed Parler from their list of apps – due to the app’s lax moderation.  Not to worry, though, because account holders could still access the Parler platform online… Until Amazon decided that they would no longer host their account on the Amazon Web Services (AWS).  Which wouldn’t have been a huge deal, but it appears that no other hosting site is willing to host them.  They went dark in the wee hours of this Monday morning.

To add to their misfortune, it appears that a political hactivist, known as “Crash Override,” has reportedly hacked Parler, using after finding an internal web address used by Parler to retrieve data.

This hack has allowed her to compile a massive stash of all the posts, videos, and images uploaded to Parler… Even those that users deleted after the storming of the Capitol.  She was able to do this because, like many other sites, Parler didn’t actually delete the content when their users deleted them; they simply changed them to “unviewable” so they wouldn’t be accessible in searches.  Looks like that might have been a mistake.

After learning that Parler was about to go dark, she called on others to help her get all the data recorded by setting up a crowdsourcing system that allowed anyone who wanted to help, to download the content. It is currently being processed and will then be uploaded to the “Internet Archive” where it will be available to anyone who wants to view it.  Like, maybe, law enforcement personnel interested in arresting the perpetrators of the storming of the Capitol?

It’s going to be an interesting couple of days.

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an Appointment

    Our clients are awesome!

    Based on 55 reviews.
    Jeremy Richards
    Jeremy Richards
    2020-03-13
    Petronella provides great advanced digital marketing and automation solutions for my business!
    Kate Swenson
    Kate Swenson
    2020-02-14
    Highly recommended for CMMC certification assistance! Excellent and affordable options for secure data hosting on local infrastructure. 5 stars!
    Tom Matzen
    Tom Matzen
    2020-01-25
    Petronella Technology Group helped us setup our sales and marketing automation, cybersecurity and compliance for our new Blockchain startup. Great to work with! Craig in particular really knows his stuff, can translate into non-tech speak, and has wisdom beyond his years. Highly recommend them.
    Justin Summers
    Justin Summers
    2020-01-14
    Craig is awesome! He is very professional and efficient with his work. I would definitely recommend Petronella Technology to anyone who needs state of the art service.
    Blake Rea
    Blake Rea
    2020-01-14
    Craig is an expert in his field. Impressed by his knowledge, A true pioneer in Cybersecurity. My business is safer thanks to Petronella Tech!
    Robert Friedman
    Robert Friedman
    2020-01-10
    For the last five years Craig has been the Contributing Editor for Cybersecurity for NC Triangle Attorney Law Magazine which I publish. His base of knowledge is always leading edge, pragmatic and early to understand for our readers who are not techies. He is patient and easy to work with.
    Tammy Everett
    Tammy Everett
    2020-01-10
    Craig Petronella, CEO of Petronella Technology Group provided the members of the Defense Alliance of North Carolina expert advice on cybersecurity and NIST compliance. Eye opening experience! Thanks so much!
    Julie Brown
    Julie Brown
    2020-01-09
    Craig and the Petronella Technology Group, Inc. team made HIPAA compliance for my small practice so simple and easy! They helped me with all of my HIPAA training, HIPAA Security Risk Assessment, Penetration Test, and HIPAA secure hosting so I can rest easy.
    Pivot Point
    Pivot Point
    2020-01-03
    Petronella Technology Group helped us with our marketing strategy for our new web startup. Awesome experience!!!!
    Richard Brunet
    Richard Brunet
    2019-12-30
    Top