Discord is one of the most prominent global messaging platforms, with communities devoted to virtually every game under the sun. Whether you want to discuss the most recent GTA Online update, chat with a few friends, or create your own server, the platform provides you with numerous options for finding a community that meets your requirements.
However, Discord appears to be the source of a significant intelligence leak, as hundreds of classified Pentagon documents recently appeared on a Minecraft Discord server.
Who disclosed Pentagon documents to the Minecraft Discord server, and should you be concerned about the data breach? Here is every known fact.
Who revealed classified Pentagon documents through the Minecraft Discord?
Jack Teixeira, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, has been apprehended as the suspect responsible for the Pentagon leaks on the Minecraft Discord server.
This week, officials arrested Teixeira, who reportedly has a background in intelligence and will be charged with unauthorised removal of classified documents.
March 4 saw the appearance of sensitive Pentagon documents, including several marked “Top Secret,” on the Minecraft Earth Map Discord server. However, government officials did not discover about the leak until about a month later, when it was posted on the social media websites Telegram and 4Chan.
In other words, all of these files were exposed to the public for an extended period of time, and anyone who joined the Minecraft Earth Map Discord server could have readily viewed them.
Approximately 100 files have been released through the Discord server, but officials are still determining how many are authentic and how many are forgeries.
The sensitive information in the documents ranges from the conflict in Ukraine to American surveillance of countries such as South Korea and Israel. Some officials believe that the vast majority of the disclosed information is fabricated. This includes Mykhailo Podolyak, the advisor to the Ukrainian president.
As expected, Discord is cooperating completely with law enforcement as they investigate how the files were uploaded to the Minecraft Earth Map server. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, there are few official statements regarding its progress.