Hackers have knocked the fundraising site GiveSendGo offline in an attack targeting a campaign that raised at least $8.6 million to support the “freedom convoy” demonstrations in Ottawa.
The Christian crowdfunding site that helped raise $8.7 million for the anti-vax “freedom convoy” in Canada was hacked on Sunday night, and the names and personal details of over 92,000 donors were leaked online.
On Monday, a screenshot of the GiveSendGo site featured an image from the Disney film “Frozen,” along with a ticker purporting to show the names, donation amounts and email addresses of people who helped support the cause. The image showed the words “GiveSendGo IS NOW FROZEN,” along with a link describing raw donation data.
“In fact, you are committed to funding anything that keeps the raging fire of misinformation going,” the message read. “On behalf of sane people worldwide who wish to continue living in a democracy, I am now telling you that GiveSendGo itself is frozen.”
As of writing, the hacker message is no longer there. All that reads is, “Application is under maintenance we will be back very soon.”
BREAKING: GiveSendGo, the crowdfunding website used by the Freedom Convoy, is now redirecting to the domain GiveSendGone[.]wtf.
A video from the Disney film Frozen now appears alongside a manifesto condemning the website and the Freedom Convoy. pic.twitter.com/3TLAwfvZ3w
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) February 14, 2022
While some of the donors did not provide their names — such as the person behind the current top donation of $215,000 — the vast majority did provide them, including American software billionaire Thomas Siebel, who donated $90,000 to the “freedom convoy.”
Analysis of the leaked data by extremism researcher Amarnath Amarasingam shows that while the majority of donors come from the US (56%) and Canada (29%), there are also thousands of donations from overseas, including the UK, Australia, and Ireland.
The ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests are still underway in Ottawa, and according to unnamed sources speaking to Global Newson Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to invoke the Emergencies Act, granting the federal government emergency powers to disband the protest that has disrupted businesses and residents in the city.
Ontario announced today starting March 1, it will end its vaccine passport program but retain indoor masking measures, as part of the province’s plan to lift COVID-19 measures.