Following a recent security flaw that exposed GiveSendGo’s donors’ passports and driver’s licenses online, the alternative crowdfunding site has been attacked again.
This time, however, the site was hacked and the names and personal details of more than 92,000 backers of Canada’s “Freedom Convoy” were leaked online. While the database of 92,845 donors is no longer available on GiveSendGo, Sin managed to check a copy of the data to confirm its authenticity.
While GiveSendGo allows donors to make their donations public, many people choose to omit their name or use their company name instead. As a result, the leaked database contains a lot of information that was never intended to be shared with the public, such as the full names, email addresses and locations of donors. While some donors chose not to give their names, the vast majority did, including C3.ai CEO Tomas Siebel, who donated $90k to the Freedom Convoy.
Donations from Freedom Convoy
Researcher Amarnath Amarasingam analyzed the leaked database and found that 56 percent of donations came from the US and 29 percent from Canada. However, there were also thousands of donations from countries outside of North America, including the UK, Australia and Ireland.
Although more Americans than Canadians donated, Canadian donors were able to raise $4.3 million compared to the $3.6 million raised by US donors.
In addition to the donor’s personal information, many of them added posts alongside their donations containing more than 13,000 references to “God” or “Jesus” as well as thousands of references to “tyranny.” There were also some more disturbing reports.
Ordinary citizens weren’t the only ones donating to the Freedom Convoy as Sin discovered email addresses of donors who claimed to work for NASA, the US military, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Transportation Security Administration, and even the Department of Justice.
GiveSendGo site redirected
At this point, no one has claimed responsibility for the hacking of the GiveSendGo website that was redirected to GiveSendGone.wtf where a video of Disney’s Frozen was played alongside a message that read:
“Attention GiveSendGo scammers and haters. You helped fund the January 6 uprising in the US. You helped fund an uprising in Ottawa. In fact, you are committed to funding anything that will keep the blazing fire of disinformation going until it burns down the collective democracies of the world. On behalf of sensible people worldwide who want to continue living in a democracy, I now tell you that GiveSendGo itself is now frozen.”
GiveSendGo is now back online and so far the Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign has raised $9.37 million, which is even more than was initially raised on GoFundMe before the money was frozen.