Blackbaud Security Breach

We are writing to let you know we were recently notified by Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest third-party fundraising software providers, that they had been the victim of a ransomware attack between February 7 and May 20, 2020. The cybercriminal was able to remove information belonging to Blackbaud clients, including YSS.  YSS takes the protection and proper use of your information very seriously.

Please be assured, we do not store your Social Security number or financial information in this database, and therefore none of this information was part of the incident.

Blackbaud successfully prevented the cybercriminal by blocking their access to their database. Prior to locking the cybercriminal out, they removed a copy of Blackbaud’s backup file containing some of your personal information. Again, it’s important to note that they did not access your credit card information, bank account information, or Social Security number. However, we have determined that the file removed may have contained your contact information and a history of your relationship with our organization such as donation dates and amounts.  Blackbaud, along with authorities, confirmed the copy had been destroyed, and they have no reason to believe any data went beyond the cybercriminal and was or will be misused.

Ensuring the safety of our constituents’ data is of the utmost importance to us.  As part of their ongoing efforts to help prevent something like this from happening in the future, Blackbaud has already implemented several changes that will protect data from any subsequent incidents. As a best practice, we recommend you remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activity or suspected identity theft to us and to the proper law enforcement authorities.

We sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter and/or the protections available to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at (515) 233-3141.

Jackie Matt

Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement



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