Current online extortion risk flagged up by Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has issued a new online risk alert based on recent reports to the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, Action Fraud.

“Trustees, charity professionals and volunteers should continue to be aware of online extortion or ‘ransom’ demands affecting UK businesses. Charities could also be vulnerable to attack and so are encouraged to be vigilant. This advice is particularly relevant for those charities which operate overseas and/or deal with international partners in high risk zones.”

This is particularly about extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’. The news release includes advice on what to do if the worst happens.

Update: the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published its own version of the above – Charities urged to be aware of online extortion.