Authorities in the U.K. have fined the Bible Society $130,000 for failing to protect the personal details of its more than 400,000 supporters. Officials say the data breach will likely disclose the “religious identity” of the charity’s backers and cause them “distress.”
Hackers gained access to home addresses, telephone numbers and bank accounts of 417,000 Bible Society supporters due to the “weak password” of one the charity’s databases in November 2016, the Information Commissioner’s Office said this week, according to The Telegraph.
“The Bible Society failed to protect a significant amount of personal data, and exposed its supporters to possible financial or identity fraud,” Steve Eckersley, the ICO’s head of enforcement, was quoted as saying.
Eckersley added, “Our investigation determined that it is likely that the religious belief of the 417,000 supporters could be inferred, and the distress this kind of breach can cause cannot be underestimated.”
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Source: Christian Post