Blackbaud Ransomware Attack Impacts 657,392 Northern Light Health Foundation Donors

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The Brewer, ME-based 10-hospital integrated healthcare system, Northern Light Health Foundation, has announced it has been affected by the recent ransomware attack on Blackbaud Inc.

The databases affected contained information about donors, potential donors, and individuals who may have attended a fundraising event in the past. Patient medical records were stored separately and were unaffected. The databases contained the records of 657,392 individuals.

South Carolina-based Blackbaud is one of the world’s largest providers of education, administration, fundraising, and financial management software. A company as large as Blackbaud is naturally a target for cybercriminals. Blackbaud explained it encounters millions of attacks each month and its cybersecurity team successfully defends the company against those attacks, although in May 2020 one of those attacks succeeded.

The ransomware attack could...

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