Saturday 7 December 2019

Charity website hacked as scores of cyclists register for bike ride

Bray Cancer Support Centre website among a number of sites taken over by the hackers
Bray Cancer Support Centre website among a number of sites taken over by the hackers

Anita McSorley

A cancer support website that was due to be used this morning by scores of people registering for a charity event was hacked.

The Bray Cancer Support Centre website was among a number of sites taken over by the hackers, according to a spokesperson for the centre.

A team of computer hackers broke into the host site, Telecom Solutions Group (TSG) yesterday afternoon, which supports a range of Irish websites.

The charity website was due to be used for registration for a cycle taking place this morning.

Participants taking part in the Joe Loughman 15th Annual Cycle Randonnee were asked to register for the cycle online via the Bray Cancer Support Centre website.

However, the site was taken over by hacklers yesterday afternoon.

Brendan O’Leary from the Bray Cancer Support explained that the cyber attack was nothing personal and that fortunately, most of the participants had already signed up for the cycle.

“The Bray Cancer Website was hacked but it was nothing personal. The hackers target the hosts TSG and some of their other websites were hacked too," he told independent.ie.

“It happened yesterday afternoon at 3pm, so most of the participators had already signed up for the cycle.

"Anyone else who wants to sign up was able to do so this morning when they turned up to the cycle.

“We have no idea who did this. People just do this because they can. It can happen to any company,” he continued.

It is unknown why the hackers targeted this group of websites, however it believed that it is the second time it happened within twelve months.

Independent.ie approached TSG but they didn’t comment.

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