Washington Post tracks convoy sponsors using hacked data

Protesters in support of Freedom Trucks block the road at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, in Windsor, Ontario on February 9

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The identities of the individual donors of the GiveSendGo-based fundraiser for the Canadian trucker “Freedom Convoy” rally have been exposed by hackers, who have distributed lists of their names and addresses. . That stupidity has now resulted in those sponsors being targeted by Washington PostReuters, and other media outlets – not to mention social media harassment.

The Washington Post wrote extensively about hacked data, including the names of donors, and emailed individuals asking why they were donating. Also, verified Twitter users from parcel and other agents shared the names and email addresses of those sponsors directly in the tweets.

Reuters published the names online along with access to the list, and the CBC and other Canadian news outlets published the names and contacts of the individuals who were duped.

The hack of the Christian-owned GiveSendGo fundraising website took place just a few days ago, and the data has been published online. The fundraiser was held there after major crowdfunding site GoFundMe shut down a page raising money for a trucker’s protest in Canada, seizing money for the first time before. change and offer refund under public pressure.

The database of donors from GiveSendGo was shared online and several major news outlets not only linked to the material but also mined it for stories.

Journalist and podcaster Saagar Enjeti was one of many reporting emails purportedly sent from anonymous people Washington Post staff, and his tweets on this topic include a screenshot.


It’s not just Washington Post “Reach out” to these donors for questioning. The Canadian press has monitor So are the sponsors.

When New York Post was suspended from Twitter for their article about Biden Huntertheir laptops, Twitter quoted “hacked materials policy“As a basis, but also update the policy as a result of that incident.

The new policy says the company does not “allow the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through a hack by persons or groups involved in a hack.”

However, in this case, that seems to be exactly what is happening. The hacked donor name is being used directly on Twitter by Washington Post‘S Aaron DavisWho there is a theme including the name as well as statistical data about the hacked document.

Verified user Dean Blundell also shared the list on Twitter, so far with no consequences.

Twitter’s update policy on hacked documents also states that the company may “label Tweets that contain or link to hacked material to help people understand the authenticity or source of those materials.” this data and provide more context”.

Reuters was not flagged because their tweets linked to announce their sponsor’s name obtained from hacked documents.

The ramifications of these actions extend beyond Twitter and other social media. Equal Glenn Greenwald mention, the ACLU and other organizations have long fought for donor privacy. The principles mentioned are about privacy as well as standards of the press. Hacked material isn’t banned by some social media companies outside of internet quirky conventions, it’s done because of the problem of attacking private individuals in public spaces by using Illegal or unethical information is a serious problem.

Among those who share information online from Washington Post and elsewhere, such concerns do not appear to be included in the equation. Instead, the fervent pursuit of private citizens is driven simply by the political aspects involved, and the ideology of the donors and their goals.

As a CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham put it on Twitter, “This is so toxic.”

As of the time of this post, no newspaper has opted to delete any hacked documents or delete tweets containing names derived from the attacks. As it stands, individuals who have donated to the protest fundraiser continue to be treated as fair game, something not the case for all causes out there.

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Charles Jones

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