An employee’s email account was hacked by an unauthorized individual in an attempt to defraud the organization, according to CEO Doug Taylor.
Mr. Taylor stated in a statement, “The Smith Family recently had a cyber incident in which efforts were made to steal The Smith Family cash.”
A cyberattack has compromised the Smith Family charity (donate box seen).
We acted swiftly, but the attempts were ineffective. We took quick action to safeguard our systems.
Mr. Taylor stated that the organization has launched an inquiry into the event and hired cyber security specialists to determine what transpired.
Additionally, we have made measures to further improve our systems.
Email addresses and donation amounts may potentially have been compromised.
Mr. Taylor stated, “I can certify that no middle digits, expiration dates, or CVV numbers were accessed, since The Smith Family does not keep such data in its systems.”
Furthermore, The Smith Family does not request, collect, or store personal identification documents such as passports or driver’s licenses from donors because these are not required to process their generous contributions.
The Smith Family was hacked after cyberattacks on Optus and Medibank. A stock picture of a hacker is shown.
He stated that the stolen information cannot be used to make fraudulent purchases of goods and services.
Mr. Taylor stated, “While there is no evidence of misuse of any individual’s personal information at this time, we are informing individuals of the incident and providing simple steps to protect their information and avoid any potential scams.”
Recent attacks on the telecommunications company Optus and the private health insurer Medibank have prompted calls for stricter penalties for organizations that commit repeated or severe privacy violations.