WikiLeaks misstep: leaks thousands of DNC emails, some containing personal information
D.B. Hebbard reports:
If WikiLeaks wanted to cause itself irreparable damage, it could not have done worse than to publish a huge dump of emails, some of which contain personal information such as passport or social security numbers, or credit card information.
The organization, which usually gets support from the tech and liberal media, is getting hammered for its poor judgement. Also, the source of the emails is also controversial as the hack may involve a Russian hacker.
The 19,252 emails come from the in-boxes of seven DNC employees, including Communications Director Luis Miranda and National Finance Director Jordan Kaplan, but a search of several known names deeper inside the organization turned up nothing (which show you just how easy it is to run up the number of emails coming and going through an organization).
Most of the donor notifications includes the name, address, phone number, email address, occupation, payment type, and partial account numbers of the donor. The emails even include the IP address that the donation was sent from, along with the type of computer and browser that was being used at the time.
The source being a Russian hacker wouldn’t concern me, but the dumping of data without screening to redact some PII does, and this is not the first time WikiLeaks has done this. We saw it with Sony hack email dump, and we’ve seen it with other data dumps.
I understand that there are those who want to get stolen or hacked data of political import out there. But perhaps they might consider using a more responsible organization and system such as REVEAL (formerly known as the Center for Investigative Reporting).