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July 31, 2020 | Alumni

A message to our community on the recent Blackbaud data breach

Protecting your privacy and personal information is of utmost importance to us.

U of T


Members of the University of Toronto community may be aware of a recent ransomware attack involving one of the University’s database vendors, Blackbaud. U of T uses a database system, purchased from Blackbaud, to record engagement with our community members.

Blackbaud has assured us that no personal information of any kind from U of T alumni, donors or friends was taken in the attack and there is no need for you to take any action as a result.

You can read more about the incident, and Blackbaud and U of T’s actions in response, here.

The attack took place in May and Blackbaud reported it to U of T on July 16. Blackbaud paid a ransom, and an investigation by law enforcement and third-party cyber security experts concluded the data was destroyed. The only U of T document involved in the attack was a legacy report containing fundraising statistics with no personal information.

Protecting your privacy and personal information is of utmost importance to us. We are grateful for our community’s continued engagement and support.

With best regards,
David Palmer
Vice-President, Advancement

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