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Blackbaud Data Security Incident

Thomas Edison State University

Thomas Edison State University Foundation (TESU) takes the privacy of your information seriously. We are writing to inform you of an incident at our vendor, Blackbaud, which may have resulted in the unauthorized access to certain alumni and donor information.

The Incident

We were recently notified by Blackbaud, our vendor that provides donor recording-keeping services to TESU, that it was the victim of an attempted ransomware attack in May 2020. While Blackbaud was able to prevent the ransomware attack from occurring, the attacker(s) was successful in removing certain files from Blackbaud’s environment. These files contained historical TESU backup data from before 2015.

What Information Was Involved?

TESU has determined that the backup data may have contained your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth, and a history of your relationship with TESU, including a summary of your donation history. Blackbaud has confirmed to TESU that the incident did not impact your credit card information, bank account information, or Social Security number. Moreover, bank account, credit or debit card information are never stored in this system. However, out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to inform you of this incident so you could take steps to monitor your information if you feel it is appropriate to do so.

What We Are Doing

In addition to notifying you of the incident, TESU is working with Blackbaud to evaluate additional measures and safeguards to protect against this type of incident in the future. TESU also received confirmation from Blackbaud that it has hired a team of experts to monitor the dark web as an extra precautionary measure.

What You Can Do

As a best practice, TESU encourages everyone to be vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activity or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission, and your state Attorney General.

For More Information

We sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Privacy of your information is one of our highest priorities and we are grateful for the continued support of our alumni and friends. Should you have any further questions on this incident, please contact Misty Isak, Associate Vice President of Development, at [email protected].