FARGO — A law firm representing Catholic Charities North Dakota said Thursday, April 29, the nonprofit's email system had been hacked, possibly resulting in unauthorized access to private health information or sensitive personal information of some clients.
According to a statement issued by the Los Angeles law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, there is no evidence of any attempted misuse of personal information.
However, "out of abundance of caution," CCND will notify, via mail, people whose sensitive personal information, such as a Social Security number, was exposed and provide them with resources.
The statement said CCND became aware of suspicious activity related to email accounts in mid-February.
The organization then engaged a specialized cybersecurity firm to conduct a forensic investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident.
The investigation determined access was made to a very limited number of employee mailboxes, according to the law firm's statement.
CCND said it took measures to protect its systems going forward, and the organization is encouraging clients who think their information may be at risk to email email@example.com or call 1-800-450-4457 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, or 8 a.m. to noon Fridays.
According to the CCND website, the organization "builds and strengthens the lives of individuals, couples, and families across the state of North Dakota. With programs for children, families, adults with intellectual disabilities, and others in need, we serve Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
In the past year, CCND served more than 2,500 people in 49 of 53 counties in North Dakota, according to the organization's website.