Thursday, November 8, 2007

Nonprofits' Data Breached Yet Again In Software Attack

By Mark Hrywna
Salesforce.com is the second software vendor to nonprofits this week to announce a data breach. The firm alerted its clients of phishing attempts and the security breach. The most recent phishing attempts included malware, software that secretly installs viruses or key loggers.

Salesforce.com sent security alerts to customers regarding two recent phishing emails: one titled "FTC" on Oct. 29 and the other "We want to make a order with..." on Nov. 6. The San Francisco-based company refused comment, except for a letter to clients that indicated “a rise in phishing attempts directed at salesforce.com customers over the past few months. The firm has more than 30,000 clients, fewer than 10 percent of which are nonprofits. The firm offers small organizations licenses for up to 10 users at no cost.

The announcement came three days after Convio announced it had a security breach with at least 92 clients, as previously reported on http://www.nptimes.com/.

“When we first saw signs of this sudden rise, we conducted a thorough analysis,” according to the salesforce.com announcement....

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