The University Advancement team at Bucknell contracts with a company called Blackbaud to assist with data management.
Blackbaud recently provided notice to Bucknell as well as many other client institutions that data stored in the Blackbaud system was the subject of a ransomware attack. The attack was discovered in May 2020, and we were made aware of the incident in mid-July 2020. Based on an investigation conducted by Blackbaud in collaboration with the FBI and a data security firm retained by Blackbaud, the company has confirmed that personal information of Bucknell University community members was included in the incident. At this time, Blackbaud has no reason to believe that any data was released beyond the cybercriminal, was or will be misused, or will be disseminated.
Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of full transparency, we are notifying you that information about your household may have been accessed, namely: contact information, gender, date of birth, degree information, employment details, information related to Bucknell activities and donor information, including giving history. We have been assured that no information about Social Security numbers, bank accounts, passwords, or credit or debit cards was compromised. Bucknell does not collect or store Social Security numbers nor credit card numbers, and online gifts are processed through a different system that was not involved in this incident. A detailed overview of the incident is available on Blackbaud’s website.
While we do not believe there is a need for you to take any action at this time, if you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to holding ourselves, Blackbaud and all vendor partners accountable for protecting your privacy and information of our community.
Thank you, as always, for your support of Bucknell University. We value our relationship with you and the trust you put in us.
Scott G. Rosevear, Ph. D.
Vice President, University Advancement
Please note: We will make all reasonable efforts to communicate directly with impacted individuals.
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