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Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans’ addresses, phone numbers posted to Wikipedia from House computer

On Thursday, the Washington Times reported that private information related to Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were posted to Wikipedia shortly after Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., shredded Democrats for their smear campaign against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

According to the report, victims of the attack included Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Graham — all Republicans.

Caleb Hull, editor of the Independent Journal Review, said on Twitter that Hatch’s wife “has been receiving calls nonstop ON HER BIRTHDAY and their home address was made public.”

“Someone is doxxing GOP senators on a computer from the House of Representatives, began shortly after the Graham speech. I’m not going to retweet the account where this is posted,” tweeted Politico reporter Burgess Everett.

The Times added:

CongressEdits, a bot account that for four years automatically retweets edits to Wikipedia made anonymously from IP addresses associated with the U.S. Congress, said the information was also posted on Mr. Lee and Mr. Graham “from US House of Representatives.”

The article auto-posted screen shots supporting the edits being made and noting the inclusion of private information, a practice known as “doxxing.”

“This is outrageous,” tweeted White House spokesman Raj Shah. “Please stop.”

The edits, which came from two IP addresses associated with the House of Representatives, were promptly removed by Wikipedia, another report said.

https://twitter.com/MikeTokes/status/1045457314482778112

Apparently, this isn’t the first time this has happened.  A report at Real Independent News and Film said, “Research by inquisitive Twitter users has shown that the IPs were previously temporarily blocked by Wikipedia for vandalizing other pages, both related and unrelated to politics.”

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