Several UK universities are involved in a global privacy violation. This university data breach occurred as Blackbaud – a firm that provides education administration, fundraising, and financial management software – was targeted by cybercriminals.
Many UK-based Universities are compromised. And, to make matters worse, the US-based software provider took weeks to warn people that their data had been stolen.
Furthermore, despite initially claiming that financial data had not been stolen, Blackbaud has now admitted that bank account information and users’ passwords are among details feared stolen by hackers. Although not everyone will have had their financial details compromised.
What happened in the Blackbaud university data breach?
In May, Blackbaud fell victim to a cyber-attack. And, after being held to ransom, the firm paid an undisclosed amount to the cybercriminals.
In some cases, the breach affected alumni who had donated to their former educational establishments. The compromised data includes phone numbers, donation history and events attended. In others, the hack involved staff, existing students and other supporters. And, Blackbaud has now admitted that financial details could also be compromised.
According to the BBC, the affected institutions include:
- University of Birmingham
- De Montfort University
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Exeter
- University of York
- Oxford Brookes University
- Loughborough University
- University of Leeds
- University of London
- University of Reading
- University College, Oxford
Other organisations, including charities, have also been affected.
Has your data been compromised in the university data breach?
The universities involved in the data breach have sent letters and emails apologising to those affected. It’s unclear how many people have been put at risk. But, many of those who have received confirmation are now understandably concerned. The damage that can be caused if cybercriminals use this financial and personal information fraudulently could be significant.
Questions are also being asked about why Blackbaud took weeks to inform people about the hack – especially as this period could have been used to put robust security measures in place.
Get justice for a data breach violation
Technology is delivering huge benefits across the education sector. But it also comes with huge risks. Especially as institutions handle a lot of sensitive personal data. And this must be kept safe.
However, with a new report showing that More than half of UK universities reported a data breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year, this is clearly not happening.
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