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BC Cancer Foundation warns donors about data breach

Last Updated Jul 30, 2020 at 11:54 am PST

FILE - No financial or credit card information from the cancer agency is stored with Blackbaud. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Summary

A cyber attack may have compromised the privacy of donors to the BC Cancer Foundation

The charity confirmed the data breach involved information managed by third-party service provider Blackbaud

No financial or credit card information is stored with Blackbaud, says cancer foundation

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A cyberattack may have compromised the privacy of donors to the BC Cancer Foundation.

The charity confirmed in a release to donors the data breach involved information managed by third-party service provider Blackbaud.

The breach happened in May, when someone threatened to expose sensitive data if that company didn’t pay the ransom.

“The incident involved a cybercriminal who removed data for the purpose of extorting funds from Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest providers of education administration, fundraising and financial management software for non-profits. Blackbaud paid a ransom in exchange for the deletion of the extracted data,” says the foundation.

It adds no financial or credit card information is stored with Blackbaud and an investigation has determined nothing has been compromised yet.

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“Through an investigation, Blackbaud and law enforcement officials believe that no data went beyond the cybercriminal.”

Details at risk include names, addresses, phone numbers, and demographics — including birth dates, ages, marital status, donation information and communication preferences.

“Blackbaud has hired a forensic firm to monitor the internet and dark web as an extra precautionary measure for any signs of the breached data,” says the cancer foundation.

“In addition, BC Cancer Foundation has dark web monitoring underway for activity related to the data. The BC Cancer Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information and adheres to legislated privacy requirements under PIPA.”

The foundation further advises to donors to remain vigilant about any email messages, text messages, or phone calls that ask for sensitive information or financial details.

“We sincerely apologize for this incident,” says the foundation.

Anyone with questions concerning the breach can contact bccfinfo@bccancer.bc.ca