Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo hacked, 'Freedom Convoy' donors revealed

The Freedom Convoy in Canada
The Freedom Convoy in Canada has been funded by GiveSendGo. Photo credit: Getty Images

The crowdfunding website used by the so-called 'Freedom Convoy' in Canada has been taken down after it was hacked.

GiveSendGo, the "number one Christian crowdfunding site", was being used by the protestors to raise funds with over US$8.7 million ($NZ13.15 million) donated so far.

DailyDot journalist Mikael Thalen reported the site was briefly redirected to a different domain, which featured a video condemning the website and the Freedom Convoy.

A file revealing the identities of 92,845 donors was made available as part of the hack.

The site now no longer points to the video, but instead visitors are met with a message that says it is "offline for maintenance and server upgrades".

"We are continuing to improve our platform to ensure it will be the best fundraising platform on the internet. Thank you for your patience and support. Please check back later."

The video the hackers redirected GiveSendGo to referred to the website as "grifters and hatriots".

"You helped fund the January 6th insurrection in the US. You helped fund an insurrection in Ottawa. In fact you are committed to fund anything that keeps the raging fire of misinformation going until it burns the world's collective democracies down," it said.

"On behalf of sane people worldwide who wish to continue living in a democracy, I am now telling you that GiveSendGo itself is now frozen."

The new hack comes just days after an exploit was used to leak drivers licences, passports, military IDs and other personal documents from the site.

According to Vice's Motherboard, not all donors provided their names, including the person behind the biggest donation of US$215,000 - although it did reveal American software billionaire Thomas Siebel had donated US$90,000.

One of the donors appeared to be an employee of the US Department of Justice (DoJ), who referenced New Zealand's Wellington protest.

They donated US$25 on two separate occasions, the second time noting that the protest seemed to have inspired others, including those in Aotearoa.

"Thank you, Truckers! It is working," they wrote. "Others have taken your lead like Australia, New Zealand, UK."

The messages that donors posted along with their donations contained over 13,000 references to God and Jesus, Motherboard said.

Other messages were more disturbing, with some calling for summary executions of anyone opposing the convoy.

"I look forward to the day you tyrants are swinging from a noose," one wrote.

According to Motherboard other email addresses used to donate include from NASA, the US military and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the hack.