Special Olympics Email Hacked, Phishing Campaign Launched

Special Olympics of New York reports that its email server was hacked just prior to Christmas, and that the attackers launched a phishing campaign targeting donors.

"As you may have noticed, our email server was temporarily hacked. We have fixed the problem and send our sincerest apologies," the nonprofit told donors in an email, according to Bleeping Computer.

The email continues: "The hack was to our communications system, which only includes your contact information and not any financial data. Please be assured that your contact information is protected and has been kept confidential."

According to Bleeping Computer, the phishing emails were disguised as an alert of a pending transaction that would automatically debit $1,942.49 from the target's account in two hours.

“Please review and confirm that all is correct. If you have any questions, please find my office ext number in the statement and call me back.”

The group supports athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities, the report states. 

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