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Cyberattack targets software company used by many organizations, including The Florida Aquarium

No financial or credit card information was affected.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Florida Aquarium is proactively reaching out to its members to let them know about a recent cyber attack on one of its software providers, which also provides services to several local organizations.

The cyberattack targeted a company called Blackbaud. No financial or credit card information was affected, and the system only stores contact information, account relationships and general demographics information on the Blackbaud cloud.

The aquarium is reassuring members it was Blackbaud's computer software and systems that were impacted by the cyberattack and not the aquarium itself.

Blackbaud's cybersecurity team and law enforcement were able to stop the ransomware attack back in May after it was first discovered.

"After discovering the attack, our Cyber Security team—together with independent forensics experts and law enforcement—successfully prevented the cybercriminal from blocking our system access and fully encrypting files; and ultimately expelled them from our system," Blackbaud wrote on its website. "Prior to our locking the cybercriminal out, the cybercriminal removed a copy of a subset of data from our self-hosted environment. The cybercriminal did not access credit card information, bank account information, or social security numbers."

Blackbaud doesn't think any of the data went beyond the cyber-criminal. It said it doesn't think it was misused or given out to the public. 

"We apologize that this happened and will continue to do our very best to supply help and support as we and our customers jointly navigate this cybercrime incident," Blackbaud said.

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