More Canada protest donor data leaked — Analysis
It appears that Hacker of GiveSendGo crowdfunding platform is worse than first thought
Distributed Denial of Secrets Transparency Collective, well-known for leaked conservative data, claimed to have more details about donors to protesting truckers in Canada than first thought. They now offer it to journalists. “research.”
DDoSecrets, Tuesday’s website announcement, said that approximately 5GB of GiveSendGo data, which is a Christian-based fundraising site, had been stolen and leaked. It also included the personal information from donors who donated to Ottawa truckers. These Ottawa truckers have been protesting Canadian Covid-19 regulations and mandates for the past month.
The latest data leak allegedly includes donor info for the ‘Adopt a Trucker’ and ‘Freedom Convoy’ fundraising campaigns – specifically MySQL database data and information from the payment processing service Stripe, among others. DDoSecrets is offering the personal information – which could be used to identify those who donated to the campaigns – to journalists and researchers.
Tuesday’s dump was merely the latest in a string of leaks from GiveSendGo to DDoSecrets. The website claimed that 30MB worth of data had been obtained, which included names, emails addresses and zip codes for donors to trucker fundraising campaigns. Earlier this month, DDoSecrets also announced that it had obtained over 1,000 identification card files, including driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and passports, from GiveSendGo. Like Tuesday’s leak, the website offered the information to journalists and researchers.
GiveSendGo made a statement on Tuesday to claim that the hack did not expose credit card numbers and no money was stolen. “We are in a battle,”The statement was read. “We didn’t expect it to be easy. We have not been afraid. Instead, it’s made it even more evident that we can not back down.”
Even though they say that “avoid political, corporate or personal leanings,”DDoSecrets consistently leaks the personal information conservative and right-wing people and organizations. Previous targets have included alternative social networks Gab and Parler, Brexit donor Arron Banks, right-wing militia The Oath Keepers, and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini – with the website labeling many of its targets as “fascists.”
Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) is one of many news media organizations to have access by DDoSecrets to the GiveSendGo data. Critics have publicly condemned this week’s CBC for naming some of those named in the leaks.
According to reports, one staffer of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario was firedAfter being identified as a minor contributor to the Ottawa protesters.
GoFundMe had shut down its successful fundraising platform for the protestors. The alternative GiveSendGo campaign, however, raised an additional $8 million. A court in Ontario froze the funds, and the Canadian government also took additional measures to curb financial support for protestors.
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