HACKED! The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

By Kevin Lancaster, IDAgent

Exploit: Hacking Intrusion

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington: Non-Profit 

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Risk to Business: 1.211 = Extreme

A cyberattack at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington gave cybercriminals a solid payday. Bad actors were able to hack in through an employee’s home WiFi to a privileged user account and snatch an estimated $7.5 million.The hack was discovered on August 4 by a security contractor who noticed unusual activity in an employee’s email account. That assessment indicates that the hacker had access to the system long before stealing the money, as early as the first months of summer. The organization has 52 employees.

Individual Risk: No personal information or donor financial data was reported as compromised in this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Their Business: This is an enormous blow to any business, but especially a non-profit that needs funding to continue doing good work in hard times. Notoriously unsafe home WiFi and device or network sharing between parents and children creates opportunities for hackers to slip through.

To learn more about how you can eliminate/mitigate these kinds of threats to your organization, call 239.790.4479 and speak to one of our security specialists today.