Moral codes of conduct get scrambled as you descend the dark digital staircase entering the world of cyber crime. Cyberattackers will breach any defense that stores sensitive data, even if it belongs to a charity.
Oxfam Australia, a charity focused on supporting poverty-stricken communities in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa has suffered a data leak impacting 1.8 million donors.
The data leak, discovered by BleepingComputer, was posted for sale on a hacker forum on the dark web.
Oxfam Australia said in their official statement that this incident could impact all campaign participants and charity shop customers.
“The database includes information about supporters who may have signed a petition, taken part in a campaign, or made donations or purchases through our former shops.” Oxfam Australia said in their statement.
The compromised data included Personally Identifiable Information such as names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, and donor histories.
It is also feared that donor bank account numbers and partial credit card data was also leaked, though this is still yet to be confirmed.
Victims are now at a heightened risk of suffering phishing attacks and telephone scams and should, therefore, be wary of emails or phone calls from people posing as government authorities.
The legitimacy of such communication attempts should always be confirmed by contacting the represented authority directly through their official communication channels prior to disclosing any information.