Minnesota Sen. Coleman Deals with Donor Data Breach
Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman is dealing with a data leak that resulted in donor information being posted online. The information ended up being posted recently on Wikileaks.org and includes the last four digits of credit card numbers belonging to 4,721 donors.Financial information of online campaign donors for Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has made its way to Wikileaks.org, prompting campaign officials to advise donors to cancel their credit cards. According to the Star Tribune, the U.S. Secret Service has launched an investigation into how the information ended up online. Officials at Wikileaks.org-the site that last year posted the private e-mail in-box of then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin-published financial and personal information March 11 of supporters of the Coleman campaign.
According to Wikileaks, the information came from a source who said the donor information had been available on the Internet since January and accused the Coleman campaign of failing to report the breach to the public. The site posted the names, street addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of roughly 51,000 donors, as well as the last four digits of credit card numbers belonging to 4,721 supporters.