Second charity in a week falls victim to phone hackers

London-based Women and Children First has been left with a £1,100 bill after 2,500 calls were made from its phones

Charities fall victim to phone hacking
Charities fall victim to phone hacking

An international health organisation has become the second charity in a week to have its phone system hacked into and used to make thousands of international calls.

Women and Children First, a London-based international maternal health charity with a turnover of £564,000 and four employees, has been left with a bill for £1,100 after 2,500 calls were made from its phones to destinations all around the world last week.

"It's been a nightmare for us," said Ros Davies, chief executive of the charity. "It's not just cost us money; it's also required a phenomenal amount of time and effort to solve. It's taken up much of our time in the past week; one man from our IT company worked night and day on the problem for three days.

"We will have to pay the bill. Our insurance doesn't cover it and our phone company won't meet it, although it's been extremely supportive."

Police have assigned a crime number, but closed the case, she said.

Earlier this week, hackers left the Flintshire Local Voluntary Council owing thousands after infiltrating its lines and using them for premium-rate calls.

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