Romney donors’ credit card info at risk.
The political fund that has raised more than $50 million to support Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency has been collecting money online with a system so insecure that it exposes donors’ credit card information to even casual snoopers.
Computer-security specialists say that using such low-tech systems can violate laws and that the group should notify anyone who has donated.
Restore Our Future, the super PAC helmed by former top Romney campaign officials that runs ads attacking the former Massachusetts governor’s opponents, has for months been accepting credit card information without any type of security, leaving the card numbers easily accessible.
“Quite frankly, the lack of credit card data protection on the site is unconscionable, and there is no excuse for it,” said Diana Kelley, an analyst at the technology firm SecurityCurve, which reviewed the site. “They should stop taking card data until the problem is remediated and should notify their donors that their card numbers were at risk and may have been compromised.”
Additionally, donors to a group supporting embattled Gov. Scott Walker may be at similar risk. Keep in mind, these guys are claiming to be the economic and financial geniuses in their contests. There’s not a lot of evidence of genius — or even competence — here.