School caretaker victimised after English Defence League database hack

Graham Cluley
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As feared, there has been some fallout after hackers stole a database of supporters from the controversial right-wing English Defence League (EDL).

The Register reports that a caretaker working at a school in Dorset, UK, was summoned to a meeting with the headmaster last week, and presented with anonymous emails accusing his wife of being a member of the EDL.

The emails referred to the stolen database, which has been made available on a number of anti-fascist websites, and urged the school to fire the caretaker and his wife, who live on the school premises.

Upon investigation the caretaker, who has not been identified by The Register, discovered that he had inadvertently donated a solitary £1 to the group via a PayPal account in his wife’s name,…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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