Hackers leak huge cache of data from evangelical organization that backed Dobbs decision

Written by AJ Vicens

Pro-choice hacktivists have leaked more than 74 gigabytes of data tied to evangelical organizations, the latest example of how abortion-rights supporters are trying to use the internet to rally support against groups that have backed the Dobbs vs. Jackson ruling overruling Row vs. Wade.

A message posted alongside the data specifically called out a conservative religious organization called freedom councilclaiming that the pirates were “[n]notice a disturbing trend of far-right and anti-abortion activists aligning themselves with the evangelical Christian movement [and] hiding their funding sources behind laws that allow church ministries to keep their donations secret.

“We have decided to bring much-needed radical transparency by taking it upon ourselves to make your list of donors public,” the message read.

A A Rolling Stone article from July 6 revealed that a senior official with Faith & Liberty, a department within the Liberty Counsel, prayed with several Supreme Court justices, even as Liberty Counsel files side-by-side briefs in cases before the court. freedom council says the story is “fake” in a note posted on its website.

On Thursday, the hacktivists posted the message and a link to download the files on Enlace Hacktivista, a website that says it documents hacker history, shares educational resources and provides space “for hackers to post their hacks.” , leaks and press releases”.

The post included hashtags referencing Anonymous and “OperationJane”, a campaign launched under the Anonymous banner. in September 2021 after Republicans in Texas passed a law effectively banning abortions after six weeks.

The message explains that the files were obtained by hacking into WMTEK, a Florida company that offers web design, front-end and back-end development services, as well as “online donations” and “donor management services.” .

Over 74 gigabytes are available for download from over 120 databases linked to a variety of WMTEK clients.

WMTEK CEO Dan Pennell told CyberScoop that the company is “aware of a security incident and is currently investigating it.”

Liberty Counsel did not respond to a request for comment.

In late June, a cybercrime group calling itself SiegedSec posted a message on its Telegram channel claiming that it had “disclosed numerous internal documents and files recovered from the Kentucky and Arkansas government server”. The message stated that its “primary targets are all pro-life entities, including government servers in states with anti-abortion laws.”

The two states said to Jonathan Greig of The Record that the data was publicly available and not part of any hack.

SeigedSec later claimed, without substantial evidence, to have attacked “numerous industrial control systems across the United States” in opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision.

Update, 7/22/22: to include commentary from WMTEK CEO Dan Pennell.

Aubrey L. Morgan