Hackers hacked fundraising site GiveSendGo overnight and leaked names and personal details of donors to the Ottawa Truckers Freedom Convoy protest.
According to the GiveSendGo website, the site was hacked hours after it was “under maintenance,” and redirected to a page controlled by the hackers. The page does not load now, though it condemned the truckers who descended on Canada’s capital to oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Leading to widespread disruption to traffic and trade for more than a week.
There was also a link present on the page which linked to a file that contained tens of thousands of records. Labeled as “raw donation data” containing details of people who donated to the Freedom Convoy.
According to Distributed Denial of Secrets, a nonprofit leak site, it received 30 megabytes of donor information from GiveSendGo. This included self-reported names, email addresses, ZIP codes, and IP addresses. This site is well known for hosting sets of leaked data involving far-right groups and said it will provide the data only to researchers and journalists.
Jacob Wells, GiveSendGo founder was unavailable to comment on the incident.
This is not the first time GiveSendGo was hacked, earlier the organization was exposed to the internet due to an Amazon-hosted S3 bucket storing over a thousand identity documents,
GiveSendGo, based in Boston, Massachusetts is the primary donation service for the “Freedom Convoy”. GoFundMe earlier last month stopped the crowdsourcing campaign and froze millions of dollars in donations, citing police reports of violence across Ottawa. While the Canadian court issues an order to halt access to the funds collected by GiveSendGo, which the company said it would defy.
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