UK government warns charities of cyber security risk

The government has issued a cyber security alert to charities warning them of a spike in the number of criminals trying to access and change the private information of staff.

The Charity Commission has received several reports from charities that have been targeted by fraudsters impersonating HR staff members, specifically attempting to change employees bank details. In all cases, the request was made through an email.

Charities should look out for email requests from spoofed or similar email addresses to their legitimate HR departments, finance departments or staff with authority to change bank details. The NCSC has provided guidance which can help with this.

Like most businesses, charities are increasingly reliant on computer technology and are at risk of falling victim to cyber criminals.

Jason Davies

UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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