£100m care charity contacts police over cyber incident

06 Feb 2024 News

By Chalabala, Adobe

The “largest provider” of social care services in Scotland has contacted the police after a cyber incident.

According to reports in the Scottish Sun, the police were informed about the incident at Richmond Fellowship Scotland, and are now investigating.

A source told the newspaper: “Richmond Fellowship Scotland has fallen victim to a cyber attack.

“All their systems have been down for over two weeks and forensic police are involved.

“Apparently police have identified a group behind it.

“But no one is sure if personal data has been stolen or leaked like bank details or statements or personal information.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “On Tuesday 23 January 2024, we received a report of a cyber incident at a business in Glasgow. 

“Enquiries are at an early stage and officers are providing support to those affected.”

Richmond Fellowship Scotland, which recorded an income for the year ending 31 March 2023 of £99.6m, has not responded to requests for comment.

The charity manages in the region of 190 services across Scotland and supports around 2,500 people across Scotland with a broad range of needs.

Its website states: “We are the largest provider of social care services in Scotland, providing personalised, high-quality community-based support services for those who require support in their lives.”

Just under a quarter of charities suffered a cyber attack in 2023, according to government figures. 

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