Here Are the Trans Activist “Hackers” That Founded the Distributed Denial of Secrets Website

Here Are the Trans Activist “Hackers” That Founded the Distributed Denial of Secrets Website

GiveSendGo was reportedly “hacked” on Sunday night during the Super Bowl.

These idiots are the online terrorists who do the dirty work of the left.

The hackers reportedly posted the donor information online. We will not be linking to that information in this post.

However, GiveSendGo is back up and running at this time.

Funny thing is, after further research and clarification, they had not actually hacked anything, just managed to convince someone to change DNS records. Hell, I’ve actually made tutorials on how to access DNS servers on my company’s website, including YouTube channel lol. At least before YouTube removed most of them.

I even run two simple online DDoS websites for penetration testing.

These are well known and low-level “hacking” techniques for noobs and beginners.

Interestingly though, last summer, internal intelligence and communications from more than 200 law enforcement agencies was hacked and released to the public. The disclosures came right in the midst of the nationwide protests after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, when people all over the country were pouring into the streets to demand reform, if not outright abolition, of policing in America.

The group behind the leak was Distributed Denial of Secrets, a collective of journalists and far-left extremists whom call themselves “transparency advocates”. Founded in 2018 by transgender activist Emma Best and an anonymous partner known as The Architect, DDoSecrets has been one of the most talked about organizations on the left. Since the BlueLeaks drop in June of 2020, DDoSecrets has published more hacked materials, including videos, photos, posts, and direct messages scraped from right leaning social media sites Gab and Parler in the wake of the Jan. 6 protests. The little team has hosted a mirror of data from Epik, an internet services company that has been utilized by right leaning groups, and has published emails, chat logs, and member and donor lists from the Oath Keepers, a right-wing freedom group involved in the Jan. 6 protests.

LGBTQ+Pedo identity is also baked in: The inclusive Pride flag appears in the DDoSecrets logo, and many of its members identify as trans or queer folk.

Members of DDoSecrets refused to release their identities in interviews with left-wing outlets such as Mic. Obviously, they won’t interview with anyone else. But some did share how their own personal experiences influenced their twisted desire to contribute to the release of personal information. “Queer people are attracted to transparency because we’re forced into closets and into confronting broken and abusive systems,” Best says.

“For many of us, to exist as a queer or trans person is to need to be a hacker.”

Beka Valentine, a member of DDoSecrets and the founder of the experimental art and technology workspace Queerious Labs, says there is a common thread between queer identity and hacker identity. “Our existence has been stigmatized, outlawed,” Valentine says, noting that access to the most basic and essential things, be it medical treatment or work or basic safety, is often threatened for LGBTQ+Pedo people. “We’ve often had to figure out ways of doing stuff — whether that’s getting on hormones, having gender-affirming clothing, paying rent — outside of the socially imposed limits.”

Valentine adds that for many queer and trans folk, computers were the first tool that allowed them to connect with other members of the LGBTQ+Pedo community and express their own identities. “Our computers were, and often still are, the means by which we exercise agency over our lives,” she tells Mic, so understanding and controlling them is paramount. To lose that control would be to lose access to safe communities, to medication, to knowledge essential for survival. “For many of us, to exist as a queer or trans person is to need to be a hacker.”

There is history here, according to Edmond Chang, an assistant professor of English at the University of Ohio and a scholar of digital spaces and queer identity. “In early digital spaces, be it dial-in bulletin board systems (BBS) or email listservs or Web 1.0, queer people found ways to recognize one another, connect, gather, collaborate, and organize,” Chang says. “Much like in the ‘real world,’ be it in a city or a small town, there have always been overt and covert ways to signal that you are part of the community, part of the ‘family.’” In real life, that may have been the use of slang or an identifier like a handkerchief in a pocket. Online, Chang says, queer people may use “textual clues or a little image” to signal their identity to others — like DDoSecrets’s logo.. or the FBI’s.

The “Architect”

Best says he and another currently unknown member, called the “Architect“, began the project in 2018.

“In 2018, The Architect came to me with their desire to see a new platform for leaked and hacked materials, along with other relevant datasets,” she says. “We’ve known each other for some time, and they were willing to bring their technical expertise to the project. We pooled our resources, along with those of people who chose to not be directly acknowledged, and worked on the initial archive which publicly launched in early December 2018.”

Emma Best

According to its co-founder, Emma Best (here in 2018), Distributed Denial of Secrets campaigns for “more transparency” by archiving “leaked and hacked data of potential public interest”. 

Co-founder Emma Best @NatSecGeek (previously Michael Best) is an American trans-activist who gained national attention with his work for WikiLeaks and journalist Julian Assange. He is known for the filing of Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests on behalf of the whistleblower site Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) which resulted in Best being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and ultimately banned from filing FOI requests.

Best has served as a public face of the group, which lists its members.

Email: [email protected]

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Lorax B. Horne

Lorax @bbhorne is a far-left writer from Canada, Ecuador and the United Kingdom. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, the Guardian and CBC and she is a former member of DDoSecrets’ “board of advisors”.

Paul Galante

Paul @galanp02 is a dedicated FOIA requester and member of the trans-activist community. He currently acts as a “data wrangler” for the groups collection of records.

Milo Trujillo

Milo @illegaldaydream is a social and computer scientist, and software engineer. His background is in systems science, security, and Marxist research. He currently acts as a liaison between DDoS and research groups like IQSS, aids analysis as a computational social scientist, and serves as the collective’s sysadmin.

Beka Valentine

Beka is an anarchist trans-dyke thing, programmer, extreme tweeter, and co-founder of Queerious Labs.

Xan “Grace” North

Xan @brazendyke (Twitter) @brazenqueer (Banned Twitter), @brazenqueer (TikTok) is a “queer”, Marxist, anarchist terrorist that has acted as head of the Jeremy Hammond Support Committee since 2013 from Illinois. Jeremy Hammond is an imprisoned anarchist and hacktivist who was the source for WikiLeaks’ Global Intelligence Files. She is married to Emma Best and they raise a kid and two cats together.


Brassy is an “agender” (whatever the hell that means) anarchist. They’ve been doing cyber in the background for a good long while and have remained silent on other nefarious activities or their whereabouts, including their identity.


Annalise Burkhart

Annalise is a trans-activist focused on “social justice” and surveillance. She was also director of operations for some bullshit called the Pursuance Project.

Freddy Martinez

Freddy is a hacker and trans-activist with experience in public records gained through FOIA and other sunshine laws. He was once employed as a Mozilla/FPF fellow as well as co-founding some place called Lucy Parsons Labs.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Former WikiLeaker Jonsdottir, joined the organization after Julian Assange’s arrest.

Jennifer Helsby

Jennifer Helsby @redshiftzero has been Lead Developer of SecureDrop at Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) since 2017. Prior to joining FPF, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Jennifer is also a co-founding member of Lucy Parsons Labs, a non-profit that focuses on police accountability and surveillance oversight.

Micah Lee

Micah @micahflee is an open source developer and computer security engineer focused on operational security, source protection, privacy and encryption. He has worked with The Intercept, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Tor Project, as well as developing OnionShare and SecureDrop, and founding and acting as a board member of Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Partner Organizations

European Investigative Collaborations (EIC)

The European Investigative Collaborations network is a European collaborative hybrid project of transnational activists.

The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University

IQSS’s SilverLining Project is a Marxist research group that takes leaked information and uses it to push a far-left leaning narrative.


The Social Media Analysis Toolkit (SMAT) was designed to help facilitate far-left activists, journalists, researchers, and other extremist organizations to analyze and visualize larger trends on a variety of platforms.

Unicorn Riot

Unicorn Riot is a Marxist-lead decentralized, media organization of far-left political artists and journalists.

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