Hackers Steal Personal Details of Charity Donors

By | December 12, 2005

Hackers have broken through the online system of a Christian charity website and stolen the personal details of thousands of donors. In some case, the attackers used these details to extort money from the benefactors.

The UK charity Aid to the Church in Need said that it’s too early to know how much the attackers may have been stolen, but the charity admits that the personal details of over 2,000 online donors have been compromised.

“We are all in a state of shock. Apart from the obvious distress to benefactors, we´re concerned that our charity identity has been stolen. However it´s the beneficiaries, those who need the money the most, who will ultimately suffer. I urge all charities to regularly review their website security and make sure all software is up-to-date,” said Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director at Aid to the Church in Need UK.

Andrew Hind, Chief Executive at the Commission, said in a statement: “This charity already used a secure encrypted connection to transfer and store data and the organisation´s website should have been safe. However it´s a sad fact of modern times that charities, like businesses, have to make sure their websites are protected. All charities need to regularly review website security and make sure they stay ahead of the hackers and fraudsters.”

The commission advised charities to view the online web security guidance found on the Department of Trade and Industry website.

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