DEC foils attempted hack

Howard Lake | 9 February 2005 | News

British Telecom specialists helped foil at attack on the Disaster Emergency Committee’s website on New Year’s Eve. The site has been handling huge sums of online donations to the DEC’s South Asian Tsunami disaster appeal.

BT hosts the secure payment page of the charity’s site and the company’s fraud detection specialists spotted the attempted hack and immediately informed the Computer Crime Unit at Scotland Yard.

The Metropolitan Police has arrested a man and he is being questioned in connection with the incident.

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The DEC’s chief executive Brendan Gormley, said: “I’d like to reassure the public that every penny donated over the Internet has arrived safely at the DEC. No money has been stolen. Our robust safeguards mean that the attempted breach of the site was detected and reported to the Police immediately.”