Blackbaud Data Security Incident
Dear Friend of William & Mary,
We take your privacy seriously at William & Mary and value the trust you place in us when you share your personal information. We wanted to make you aware of a data security incident involving Blackbaud, Inc., a vendor of William & Mary and the William & Mary Business School Foundation that provides data processing and hosting services for advancement-related activities. Blackbaud also provides similar services to thousands of universities and nonprofits worldwide.
Blackbaud recently notified us that it was the victim of a ransomware attack in which a bad actor removed a copy of certain backup files maintained by Blackbaud. The files contained some limited personal information of a subset of our alumni and donor population, including your personal information.
It’s between the lines in this email, but Blackbaud paid the ransom.