Hacktivists leak two gigabytes of Heritage Foundation data

July 10, 2024
1 min read

TLDR:

  • A politically-oriented cybercrime group known as SiegedSec released two gigabytes of data from the Heritage Foundation in response to their Project 2025.
  • The data includes personal information of people associated with Heritage, blogs, and material related to The Daily Signal.

Article Summary:

An established cybercrime group, SiegedSec, recently leaked approximately two gigabytes of data from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. This release was in response to the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025, a collection of proposals to support Donald Trump if he were to win the presidential election. The data, dating back to 2007 and November 2022, consists of blogs, material from The Daily Signal, and personal information like full names, email addresses, passwords, and usernames of individuals associated with Heritage, including those with U.S. government email addresses.

According to SiegedSec, this information was made public to provide transparency regarding the supporters of Heritage. The data release was part of their campaign, OpTransRights, which previously targeted government websites and stole data related to anti-abortion or anti-trans legislation in several states. SiegedSec also claimed to possess an additional 200 gigabytes of data, which they stated will not be released.

The attack on the Heritage Foundation comes after a breach earlier this year by a nation-state hacking group. Democrats have linked Heritage’s Project 2025 proposals to President Trump, and Heritage President Kevin Roberts recently made remarks about a “bloodless” second American Revolution on the right. SiegedSec, known for targeting various portals, cities, and companies, has also been active in their cyber operations.

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