Police in the UK are investigating the hacking of a Christian charity website, which resulted in almost three thousand credit card details being stolen. The hack, which was directed at the Aid to the Church in Need Web site on Sunday 27 November, saw the credit card details, names and addresses of 2,800 charity donors stolen. Already, this stolen information has been utilised, with the credit card numbers being used and several donors being called on the telephone and subjected to scams. The Website was taken off line as soon as the breach was discovered, and exactly how the breach took place remains a guarded secret.

A spokesman for the charity told ZDNet UK sister site silicon.com: "We are not able to divulge how they got in the Web site for security reasons."

Neville Kyrke-Smith, UK national director of Aid to the Church in Need, has already contacted over 2,800 charity donors identified as being at risk and said the Web site will remain offline until the matter is resolved.