Tea Party Patriots
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Hack of the website of Tea Party Patriots, a major U.S. conservative organization that bills itself as one of the largest grassroots groups on the right, by Anonymous.
- The Intercept: Major Tea Party Group Was Backed by Salsa Billionaire and Other Wealthy Donors, Hacked Documents Reveal
- The Hill: Intercept director says Tea Party group misrepresented donor support
Explanation of the Hack
The source code for the group's petitions leaked an API token with full admin access to the site's database.
The hacker used it to grab names, phone numbers, home addresses, and a detailed activity history of the group's members and deface their website with an anti-Computer Fraud and Abuse Act message.
The hacker told The Intercept they were motivated by the Tea Party Patriots’ role in helping advocate for the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19.