Data breaches can cause panic across industries with the sheer mention of the word. Recently, another report of a data breach stirred some anxiety in the nonprofit world. This news came to us from WBUR out of Boston, Massachusetts in their article, “Blackbaud Data Breach Affects WBUR And Other Nonprofits.”

Boston University and WBUR notified donors on Saturday that some of their personal information may have been compromised.

Blackbaud, a cloud-based data technology firm that focuses on fundraising data management, recently reported a potential data breach as a result of an unsuccessful ransomware threat. The company says it detected the attack in time to prevent the cybercriminal from blocking its system.

Other media organizations are reporting that many nonprofits and higher education institutions have been affected in the United States and United Kingdom.

The cybercriminal managed to remove some data, but the company clarified that the entity did not access credit card information, bank account information or social security numbers.

Melody K. Smith

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