Published: 11:52, 08 August 2020
| Updated: 12:24, 08 August 2020
A Kent-based homeless charity has admitted being affected by a huge data hack.
In late July it was revealed a cybercriminal had hacked Blackbaud, a data protection software provider for more than 100 museums, charities and organisations worldwide.
The acquired information was then held for a ransom which was duly paid.
Industrial and charitable bodies then started emerging as being affected including The National Trust and Sue Ryder.
Yesterday Porchlight joined that list, sending an email to its supporters explaining what has happened.
In it Jo Dawes, the charity's director of fundraising and communications, wrote: "We have been told that some of our supporters’ data was affected including name, contact details, gift history and communication details.
"Blackbaud has confirmed to Porchlight that no credit card information or bank account details were accessed - we do not ever store these on Porchlight’s database.
"We are very sorry for the concern this may cause. As soon as we were notified, Porchlight reported the incident to the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) and Charity Commission and cooperated fully with their guidance."
Striking an optimistic tone towards the end of the email, the charity states: "Based on current information from Blackbaud we believe the risk to your data to be low.
"We are now exploring all options with Blackbaud to ensure this does not happen again.
"Blackbaud has confirmed it now has new measures in place to continue to scan for any suspicious activity and strengthened security systems to prevent future attacks."
Porchlight also said anyone feeling concerned by this news can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions.