In March 2022, staff emails and phones suddenly stopped working at the large Scottish charity SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). Gigabytes of sensitive charity data had been uploaded to the dark web. This included names, home and email addresses, and passport scans belonging to donors and volunteers.
SAMH had fallen victim to a deadly cyber-attack by the cybercriminal gang RansomEXX.
The impact was considerable – hindering the charity’s efforts to continue supporting those in need. But with online fundraising now firmly at the fore, the effect this had on the charity’s reputation was even greater.
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