February 25, 2015

Urban Institute Hack Could Involve Nonprofits' Tax Data

The Urban Institute, which provides research and tax services to nonprofits nationwide, alerted charities Tuesday that its system for filing tax forms had been breached, The Hill reports. An official with the Washington, D.C., think tank said 600,000 to 700,000 organizations could be affected by the hack of the institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Hackers gained access to usernames, passwords, IP addresses, and other account data, but the official said there is no evidence that tax filings were compromised, and the system did not contain Social Security numbers or credit card information. Security analysts said most major Washington policy and research groups have been subjected to cyberattacks.