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Blackbaud Security Breach

On July 16, 2020, Houston SPCA was informed that a Blackbaud software system had been the victim of a ransomware attack that culminated in May 2020. Per Blackbaud’s website, “After discovering the attack, our Cyber Security team—together with independent forensics experts and law enforcement—successfully prevented the cybercriminal from blocking our system access and fully encrypting files; and ultimately expelled them from our system. Prior to our locking the cybercriminal out, the cybercriminal removed a copy of a subset of data from our self-hosted environment.” Blackbaud resolved the attack and received assurances that the copied data was destroyed. Blackbaud has provided more information regarding this incident on its website. The privacy of our donors and the integrity of our systems are of utmost concern, and we are working with Blackbaud to better understand this incident. Learn more here.