Cameron Slater is still spreading disinformation about the data taken from Labour’s web site. Specifically he is claiming that people’s credit card details are at risk:
The problem however was much worse than that. Way worse. Remember that Chris Flatt the Labour General Secretary sent out a letter and email to their donors assuring them that their credit card details were safe. He shouldn’t have been too hasty with that assurance.
Their credit card provider admin details were:
I never accessed those areas, to do so would have been illegal.
OK that’s pretty funny! Those aren’t “areas” – they are secure (encrypted) links to the web site of the transaction handler Flo2Cash. Slater couldn’t “access” them in a million years. Credit card details go straight to the Flo2Cash server without ever touching the Labour Party site. Neither the username, nor the password needed to access Flo2Cash were stored in the site database that the Nats (and subsequently Slater) accessed. See the statement from Flo2Cash below.
Having demonstrated complete technical incompetence, Slater heads off in to the realm of pure scaremongering:
But given that their systems were open and exposed long enough that Google and 9 other bots were able to cache the entire directory system there is a good chance that Russian or Nigerian scamsters also were able to obtain access to the data base and credit card processing passwords that Labour left exposed. Chris Flatt can not give any assurances that their donor details including credit cards were safe and secure.
Farrar (who should know better) is repeating this drivel. Whether they’re just stupid, or whether they know they’re spreading lies, it amounts to the same thing. National’s bloggers are trying to spread disinformation and concern amongst innocent members of the public. It’s a scummy tactic, but then that is their usual style.