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Gay furry hackers leak data of transphobic pastor & far-right news network

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A self-described hacker group of gay furries called SiegedSec claims to have leaked data from the far-right media outlet Real America’s Voice and publicly released the cell phone number of a transphobic pastor.

The hack of Real America’s Voice allegedly included the names and phone numbers of over 1,200 users of the outlet’s phone app as well as information about the network’s top shows, including ones hosted by anti-LGBTQ+ Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and other far-right figures.

Real America’s Voice has broadcasted numerous segments accusing the LGBTQ+ community of “targeting” and “grooming” children. The outlet has also platformed the views of anti-LGBTQ+ religious leader Bryan Fischer.

Earlier this year, SiegedSec claimed to have hacked the River Valley Church of Burnsville, Minnesota — and to have spent $6,200 in church funds to purchase 100 inflatable sea lions — after its lead pastor, Rob Ketterling, allegedly made transphobic remarks. In the past, Ketterling said the legalization of gay marriage would lead to the legalization of pedophilia, polygamy, and bestiality.

The group also claimed to have doxxed politicians who supported North Carolina’s new age verification law, a law that categorizes LGBTQ+ content as explicit adult material.

Last June, the group launched a campaign called #OpTransRights and claimed to have “defaced” government websites in five states with policies against gender-confirming healthcare. However, most of the so-called hacking seemingly downloaded publicly available databases, leaving experts doubtful of the hack’s benefit to trans people.

SiegedSec reportedly emerged around February 2022, taking their name from their goal of “sieging their victim’s security,” according to the cybersecurity service DarkOwl. Their website defacements reportedly include vulgar language referencing “d*ks and c*mdogs.” On social media and chat platforms, the group’s members use comical slogans like “TEH LULZ CONTINUES!” “uwu gay furries pwn you,” and “HACK THE PLANET.”

Furries are a subculture of people who enjoy taking on the “fursona” of playful anthropomorphized animals. While some furries wear “fursuit” mascot costumes, others may simply wear individual costume pieces (like paw gloves or cat ear headbands), share art of anthropomorphized animals online, or go by animal-related names on furry chat forums. Furries enjoy exploring their playful, animal-like nature.

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