Texas Right to Life website exposed job applicants’ resumes – TechCrunch


The Texas Right to Life anti-abortion group exposed the personal information of hundreds of job applicants after a website bug allowed anyone to access their resumes, which were stored in an unprotected directory on its website.

A security researcher told TechCrunch that the group’s main website, built largely on WordPress, does not properly protect file storage on its website, which it uses to store the resumes of more than 300 applicants. , as well as other files downloaded from the website. Resumes contained names, phone numbers, addresses and details of an individual’s work history.

The website bug was fixed over the weekend, shortly after details of the leak were posted on Twitter. The group’s website no longer lists any of the exposed files.

“We are taking steps to protect those affected,” Kimberlyn Schwartz, spokesperson for Texas Right to Life, told TechCrunch, referring to those who “researched and disseminated the information.”

When asked, Schwartz did not say whether the organization plans to notify those whose personal information has been exposed by its security breach.

Texas Right to Life sparked anger when last week it released a “whistleblower” website that encouraged Texas residents to report when someone might request an abortion in violation of the restrictive new law. ‘State on Abortion. The law allows anyone to sue someone who seeks an abortion, or anyone who “helps and encourages” an abortion after six weeks. This provision has been widely interpreted as targeting doctors who perform these procedures, but also potentially anyone who gets involved, such as paying money or driving a friend to a clinic.

It didn’t take long for the “whistleblower” website to be inundated with bogus advice, memes, and Shrek porn in protest. The site briefly went offline on Thursday, which coincided with an activist posting an iOS shortcut to help anyone pre-populate the website’s form with fake information.

But last weekend, GoDaddy, the company hosting the website, told Texas Right to Life that the site had violated its terms of service and gave the group 24 hours to find another host. He did so – briefly – through Epik, a web host that has helped other controversial sites like far-right social networks Gab get back online. But that didn’t last long either.

On Monday, the “whistleblower” website pointed to the main Texas Right to Life website.

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