Widespread Blackbaud Data Breach Includes Phillips

Phillips Theological Seminary has learned that some of the personal information belonging to our donors was illegally taken as part of what is called a “ransomware” attack on our database vendor, Blackbaud.

Blackbaud has assured the seminary the attackers did NOT access any credit card, bank account, or social security numbers. The files stolen by the attackers did include your relationship with Phillips, donation dates, and donation amounts. Blackbaud paid the ransom to have the data destroyed and is monitoring the internet to make sure the information is not available anywhere online.

As part of their efforts to help prevent a recurrence, Blackbaud has implemented several changes designed to protect your data from additional incidents.

Phillips takes the protection and security of your information seriously and wanted you to be aware of the incident. As with other attacks of this type, you may want to take steps to protect your personal data. You will find suggested next steps and resources for data protection below.

The seminary apologizes that this happened and will continue to monitor Blackbaud’s response to this cybercrime incident. If you have additional questions about your data and how it’s used by the seminary, please contact Sharon Russ in the Advancement Office by calling 918.270.6404 or emailing advancement@ptstulsa.edu.


AARP offers the following warning signs that you may be an identity theft victim:

  • Bank and credit card statements list withdrawals or purchases you don’t remember making.
  • You get a bill or invoice for financial activity you don’t recognize or medical services you didn’t receive.
  • Your credit report lists accounts or liabilities you don’t recognize.
  • You are contacted by a debt collector about a debt you don’t owe.
  • You have trouble filing your taxes because the Internal Revenue Service says it already has a return from you.
  • You receive notice from a bank or company you do business with that it has suffered a data breach.

You can read more about identity theft and scam protection on the AARP website.