'Data Breaches are a State of Mind' Blog by IS Know How

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Several Thousand Websites Hijacked via Accessibility Plugin Browsealoud

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#Charity #SocialEnterprise #NonProfits who utilise the Accessibility app #BrowseAloud will want to contact their web developers as soon as possible, upon reading this article and to make sure that they're up to speed in mitigating this attack where necessary.

We think that it's safe to say, this especially won't please the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) who are the UK's Data Protection Regulator. It also goes to show that you can be of the largest organisations, or the smallest, where cyber criminals act largely without impunity and leave a trail of reputational damage and destruction in their wake.


"For several hours today, anyone who visited a site that embedded Browsealoud inadvertently ran this hidden mining code on their computer, generating money for the miscreants behind the caper."

Chris Williams, Editor in Chief​ @ TheRegister.Co.Uk

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IS Know How's Further Thoughts:​

Don't be fooled into the mentality of "We're only a small non profit making organisation, wanting to help our stakeholders". It's rightly noble and incredibly respected by your clients and communities the length and breadth of the UK. However, that is where it ends, when it comes to cyber criminals - as the disruption to your data and business continuity, are just statistics, without the same form of morals or emotions.

We will see how this one plays out in the coming days.

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