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The founder of the Christian crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo has called FBI to investigate hackers who named the donors who contributed Canadian The Freedom Convoy public as part of what he considers a “well-organized,” politically motivated attempt at docking.
GiveSendGo founder Jacob Wells told Fox News Digital that some of the actors who appear to have claimed responsibility for hacking Freedom Convoy’s fundraising campaign “have stories of rather heinous attacks.” Wales has called on the FBI and Canadian government investigators to track down these hackers amid reports that some private individuals whose names have been leaked online have received threatening calls and emails aimed at their small businesses.
“It seems to be well organized,” he said Wednesday. “There are strong political motivations behind this.”
Renowned Canadian hacker Aubrey Kotl, known as Kirtaner, seemed to have partly taken credit for the cyber attack on Freedom Convoy 2022 in a video TikTok circulating on the Internet. Wales did not name Copper’s name directly when contacted by phone, but he confirmed that GiveSendGo is continuing the lawsuit.
“It’s illegal and these people have to go to jail,” Wells told Fox News Digital. “The FBI – I mean, it’s strange that we haven’t received any news from any investigative services. We’re going to turn to ourselves just to make sure it’s an investigation. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
“We have not heard, and we will appeal, because they themselves must take active steps to prosecute people involved in illegal illegal behavior,” Wells continued, referring to the FBI. people are responsible for that, and, you know, we can do what we can do for our platform, but that’s why we have regulatory bodies, investigative bodies. It is the government’s role to conduct these investigations when crimes occur. ”
Before the cyber attack against the largest company GiveSendGo to date, Wells said his company had in the past called in cybersecurity experts to analyze the platform for vulnerabilities. In light of the recent Freedom Convoy hack, GiveSendGo is stepping up its efforts and is urging a group of “ethical hackers” with a mission to “hit our platform as hard as possible, trying to find ways to expose it”.
“We find it unacceptable that this has happened, so we are working hard for the best. We never want that to happen, and it’s awful for us, ”Wells told Fox News Digital. “But our message to the people is to stand firm in the face of adversity. Don’t let that scare you into retreating, you’re just giving them more power.”
“The number one priority for us is to make our platform safe for people,” he continued. “The goal on our backs is really big because we allow freedom and a lot of people don’t like it. They will follow us as hard as we need to be better than we ever have and we are attracting people to “It has happened. We are investing heavily in it.”
Wales has pointed to data hacks that have occurred on Facebook, Experian and other major corporations in the past as his company works to strengthen their code against more sophisticated hackers, especially now that the platform is attracting more attention during long demonstrations against the Ottawa mandate.
“I think it’s very, very coordinated, very, very sophisticated hacking groups that had a very, very focused goal in what they were trying to do,” Wells said. “I hate the position people are in. But this is the moment when they got together, not scared, and said, “Yes, I support freedom. Yes, I support peaceful protests 100 percent. ” This is the foundation of democracy, and this is the side that opposes this, indeed a group of terrorists. They are terrorizing. That is their goal. ”
GiveSendGo is still working to verify the exact names of individuals generalized online as alleged donors to Freedom Convoy 20220. Wells noted that the information could have been exaggerated or manipulated, and said most donors in the Freedom Convoy contributed. relatively small amounts, with the exception of a few who made contributions of tens of thousands of dollars.
“It turned out to be a mass movement of a group of people who love freedom,” he said. “What we see is a truly unique movement, and it will not be stopped because of people whose intentions are to gain power through fear.”
On the contrary, Wales called major technology companies such as Facebook or Twitter, as well as individuals including George Soros and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “throwing millions and millions of dollars into the organization for their political gain.”