A story published in the Guardian on Friday ended up in the trending section of Twitter.
Targets were several low-level police officers who used a Christian crowdfunding online platform GiveSendGo to help their colleague who had a clash with Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists.
In making the story, the British newspaper reportedly utilized the services of a hacking group called Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDOS).
The story revealed that two police officers from Wisconsin donated $20 each to help their colleague Rusten Sheskey cover the expenses of the investigation of his shooting of a BLM activist armed with a knife.
It, however, remained unclear why the donations are problematic today, given that Sheskey was cleared of accusations eventually.
Responding to the controversy, GiveSendGo cofounder Jacob Wells explained that the initial purpose of anonymous donations on the platform was to respect those who are not willing to be publicly credited.
Wells stressed that the political climate in the country altered the purpose of anonymity, and because of that, people want their names to be hidden in order to avoid unpleasant reactions regarding their donations.
GiveSendGo cofounder expressed his deep regret that circumstances changed in such a way.
A bad reputation of DDOS
DDOS is well-known for its actions against people’s privacy.
In June 2020, the organization allegedly published a significant amount of data from numerous law enforcement institutions, including police departments and fusion centers.
The hacking reportedly happened after a ‘threat actor’ installed the malicious software that extracted data.
Several months ago, DDOS also published data from people who fell prey to viruses that resort to extortion to obtain data from their victims.
Even the Silicon Valley company is now helping to share the information obtained by DDOS, Twitter managed to suspend the organization’s account after the last year’s June breach.
The social media platform even blocked all links that contained data disclosed by DDOS.
The famous platform also blocked the sharing of a New York Post story published less than a month before the general election, citing the violation of its doxing and hacked materials policy as a reason for the action.
Twitter issued a statement in which it opposed any possible distribution of illegally obtained data.
In the light of these events, recent Twitter’s promotion of the story that involved the suspicious data breach performed by DDOS seems illogical, if not hypocritical.