Save the Children confirms it was hit by cyber attack

Pierluigi Paganini September 12, 2023

The international non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children International was recently hit with a cyberattack.

The charity organization Save the Children International revealed that it was hit by a cyber attack. The company disclosed the security incident after the ransomware gang BianLian listed the organization on its Tor leak site.

The BianLian extortion group claims to have stolen 6,8 TB of documents, including International HR data, international personal data. International financial data (over 800 GB), international medical and health data and international email correspondence.

A Save The Children spokesperson told Recorded Future News that the cyber attack had no impact on the operations of the organization. The organization notified law enforcement agencies and is working with external cyber security experts to investigate the security breach.

“There has been no operational disruption and the organization continues to function as normal to build a better future for children across the world. We are working hard with external specialists to understand what happened and what data was impacted so we can take all the appropriate next steps,” the organization’s spokesperson told Recorded Future News.

The BianLian ransomware emerged in August 2022, the malware was employed in attacks against organizations in various industries, including manufactoring, media and entertainment, and healthcare.

In July 2023, security firm Avast released a free decryptor for the BianLian ransomware to allow victims of the malware to recover locked files.

In July 2020, Save the Children suffered a data breach that was caused by a ransomware attack on cloud computing provider Blackbaud.

Blackbaud is a cloud computing provider that serves the social good community — nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare organizations, religious organizations, and individual change agents. Its products focus on fundraising, website management, CRM, analytics, financial management, ticketing, and education administration.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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