Sen Coleman: Leaking credit card data of 50,000+ contributers!!



The ineptitude of this man is shocking. Hrmmm…Stunning. Umm… RIDICULOUS!

On my PC, I have two files – one which holds over 51,000 names of people who’ve donated to Norm Coleman’s campaigns over the past decade.  The other file, an additional 4,700.

You want to snoop?  Help yourself!  They’re laying wide open on Wikileaks‘ website.

I’ll make it easier for you:  Click here for the big one and click here for the littler one.  You know me; I’m gay…I went right for the big one first!  (…check out the little one in case I get hungry later!)

Joe Bodell, over at MN Progressive Project broke it, near as I can tell.  Joe writes:

Back in January, in what appeared to be a public relations stunt, Norm Coleman’s campaign/recount team accidentally revealed their technical ineptitude and their supporter/donor database for the world to see.

In the ineptitude’s case, not such a big deal. But revealing donor information? Kind of a big deal.

Now is publishing the database, along with a suggestion to those found in it that they cancel the listed credit cards.  The database does not appear to contain full credit card numbers, only the last four digits and the three-digit security code.

Interesting, huh?  Joe goes on to say that two letters were published by Wiki, the first explaining to these “Hapless Republican” contributors that their credit card information been compromised and the second letter going on to say:

Following our earlier email over the Coleman leak, we have discovered that all on-line Coleman contributors had their full credit card details released onto the Internet on 28 of Jan, 2009 by Coleman’s staff.

Senator Coleman was made aware of this yet elected not to inform supporters in violation of Minnesota Statute 325E.61…

We provide proof of here (Windows Excel spreadsheet), which if you are a contributor will provide the last 4 digits of your Credit card and the security numbers on the back.

Nice.  Coleman knew it and he decided he wasn’t going to tell anybody about it.  It’s just nice to know how well Coleman will take care of the public in Minnesota, when he’s willing to throw 56,000 of his own contributors under the buss and just walk away.  Wiki is out there doing the “Lord’s work” by trying to be proactive here – and Coleman…Shoot, if it isn’t money from his buddy Kazeminy – then who the hell cares?!  Hrmm…wait a minute!

Searching both files for Kazeminy’s name  and I come up with zilch.  Aapparently his donations aren’t kept in this file.  This must be the two files Coleman keeps on the “scum” and the “peasant” Republicans.

Anyway – after Team Wiki did everything they were supposed to do and Coleman wouldn’t, Team Coleman came out with a response (wearing fire-engine pajama bottoms with the little feet attached and a white top with little red trucks printed on it, I’ve been told):

“We contacted federal authorities at that time, and they reviewed logs from the server in question as well as additional firewall logs,” campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said. “They indicated that, after reviewing those logs, they did not find evidence that our database was downloaded by any unauthorized party.

“Let me be very clear: At this point, we don’t know if last evening’s e-mail is a political dirty trick or what the objective is of the person who sent the e-mail.

“What we do know, however, is that there is a strong likelihood that these individuals have found a way to breach private and confidential information.”:

The federal government showed up and reviewed the logs on the server as well as the firewall logs?  They didn’t find evidence that their database(s) were download by any unauthorized party?!?! What are you talking about?! Because…the Feds didn’t find anything wrong, then nothing is wrong?!  You left the person and private information of over 50,000 contributors to your campaign, including their credit card information and the three-digit code on the backs of those cards and all you have to say is; “oopsie”?!

Joe Bodell said it so much better than I could – Joe?  …Take it away, please:

Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan is clearly confused in his response to this latest event, since the reason the database was publicly available was precisely because the campaign HAD NO FIREWALLS PROTECTING THAT DATA.

HA!  HA!   In all caps even!!

Aaron Landry over at MNPublius takes it one step farther by noting Sheehan is lying his nasty little ass off:

  1. Firewalls have nothing to do with it. Firewalls do not manage permissions on where this database was stored. In fact, it’s quite possible this database wasn’t even behind a firewall.
  2. If they did indeed review their server logs, those logs would indicate that people were at accessing the directory that contained this database. How do I know? There’s screenshots that prove it.

He’s right! Here it is!

coleman-databaseWe need to do two things:

  • We need to collect all of these email addresses, all 56,000 of them, and put them on a “Jesus Loves You” spammer list.  One of those heavy hitters.
  • And we need to email Laurie Coleman and remind her to keep working really hard because “HER HUSBAND IS A FREAKING IDIOT!!!!”

FruitFly 6I’m keepin these two files for a really long time.  Who needs Open Secrets when you’ve got cybergold like this?

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: What a maroon!

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