Update: On Saturday afternoon, Maxine Waters said she is “utterly disgusted by the spread of the completely false, absurd, and dangerous lies and conspiracy theories that are being pedaled by ultra-right wing pundits, outlets, and websites who are promoting a fraudulent claim that a member of my staff was responsible for the release of the personal information of Members of the United States Senate on Wikipedia.”
Waters also claimed that “the United States Capitol Police and our internal IT specialist have determined that the IP address in question does not belong to my office or anyone on my staff. The member of my staff – whose identity, personal information, and safety have been compromised as a result of these fraudulent and false allegations – was in no way responsible for the leak of this information. My office has alerted the appropriate authorities and law enforcement entities of these fraudulent claims.”
So who did it then? Waters concludes by saying that she will “ensure that the perpetrators will be revealed, and that they will be held legally liable for all of their actions that are destructive and dangerous to any and all members of my staff.”
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The personal information of Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch was posted to Wikipedia Thursday during the hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The information, which included home addresses and phone numbers, was posted to the senators’ respective Wikipedia pages where users are allowed to make edits – all of which are logged by Wikipedia and include the editor’s IP address.
As a result of the information being made public, Sen. Hatch’s wife “has been receiving calls nonstop ON HER BIRTHDAY and their home address was made public,” according to Caleb Hull, director of content at the Republican technology firm Targeted Victory.
The IP address used to “doxx” the Senators was quickly traced back to the House of Representatives…
UPDATE: I have reached out to Kathleen Sengstock, the Maxine Waters staffer who is associated with the House of Representatives IP address used to dox the Republican Senators.
She was very nervous. She said she is not authorized to comment & said to call Maxine Waters PR office. pic.twitter.com/rWqM2kgpf8
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) September 29, 2018