GiveSendGo site for Canadian truckers’ “Freedom Convoy” disabled in possible hack

This was later replaced with a page that read, “The app is under maintenance, we’ll be back very soon.” As of 11:15 a.m. EST, the site was still down. The website administrators could not immediately be reached for comment.

An article on the Distributed Denial of Secrets information leak website said it made Freedom Convoy donor information available only to journalists and researchers, including self-reported names, addresses, zip codes and IP addresses. of the GiveSendGo platform from February 13. offered 30 megabytes of information.

The GiveSendGo website has raised concerns that foreign donors could fuel anti-vaccine protests in Canada, where protests against a vaccination mandate for cross-border truckers have turned into a broader movement against restrictions on vaccines. coronavirus.

On Sunday, Ottawa declared a state of emergency as protesters blocked streets and honked their horns. Ottawa police reported that 1,000 vehicles, 5,000 protesters and at least 300 counter-protesters clogged city streets.

An Ontario court on Friday ordered protesters to end their blockade of a key bridge connecting Canada to the United States, but protesters said they would appeal the order. Many protesters defied orders to end the blockade by 7 p.m. Friday. Authorities called the blockade a “siege” and an “illegal occupation” that went beyond the limits of peaceful protest.

Automakers Ford and General Motors said they had cut production and canceled shifts at some sites due to the blockade, while a Canadian auto industry representative told an Ontario court that the estimated cost for the he saving was nearly $40 million a day.

The city’s police chief said last week that the convoy had domestic and international logistical and financial support, including a “significant element” in the United States.

Earlier this month, crowdfunding site GoFundMe said it had removed a fundraiser supporting the convoy because it had violated its terms of service, although a first million dollars had already been given away .

Donors then flocked to GiveSendGo, raising nearly $9 million, founder Jacob Wells told Fox News on Sunday.

“People swear never to use GoFundMe again because of the ideological positions they take,” Wells said. “We take a neutral position. We enable people to fundraise, period.

Wells said money was transferred to protest organizers in Canada from linked fundraising accounts on the site. He said his company was considering “a wide variety of options” to secure funding for protest organizers in Canada despite the court order.

Amarnath Amarasingam, a professor who studies religious political movements at Queen’s University in Ontario, said GiveSendGo has become the crowdfunding platform of choice for the far right.

It started out as a little-known platform for niche Christian charities but garnered widespread publicity after raising money for Kyle Rittenhouse, Amarasingam said. The teenager was acquitted in November of all charges relating to the August 2020 shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which left two people dead and another injured. The case sparked national debates about guns, race, vigilantism and self-defense.

GiveSendGo “has become kind of a go-to platform for people who think their campaigns are going to be taken down, much like what Gab or Parler have become for online content,” Amarasingam said Monday during a telephone interview.

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