The Woodson Center Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Mar 12, 2024 3:08 PM
The Woodson Center, a non-profit organization, experienced a data breach through third-party fundraising software, DonorPerfect, potentially exposing personal details such as names, addresses, and bank information of associated individuals. Measures have been taken to enhance security, and affected individuals are offered complimentary credit monitoring services.

What Happened

On the evening of February 5, 2024, DonorPerfect, a third-party fundraising software platform utilized by The Woodson Center, reported suspicious activity within a subsection of its hosted file storage. The investigation revealed that unauthorized acquisition of certain data files occurred between November 25, 2023, and December 8, 2023. The Woodson Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to community improvement and empowerment, was among the affected entities. As a result, personal information of various individuals associated with The Woodson Center may have been compromised.

What Information Was Involved

The data breach potentially exposed personal details including names, addresses, and bank information of those affected. The Woodson Center emphasizes the seriousness with which it treats the privacy and security of personal information and has been proactive in notifying those potentially impacted.

What We Are Doing

In response to the incident, DonorPerfect has taken measures to enhance network security and minimize the risk of future breaches. They have also reported the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement and are cooperating with ongoing investigations. The Woodson Center is monitoring the situation and has arranged for affected individuals to receive complimentary credit monitoring services through IDX for 12 months, which includes CyberScan and a $1 million identity fraud loss reimbursement policy.

For enrollment in these services, please contact DonorPerfect at creditmonitoring@donorperfect.com.

What You Can Do

To protect your personal information, it is recommended to remain vigilant by reviewing your account statements and credit reports. If you notice suspicious activity, promptly notify the relevant financial institution and law enforcement authorities. You may also consider placing a fraud alert on your credit report or a security freeze, which can prevent new credit from being opened in your name without your consent.

For more information on protecting your personal information and to view the full Notice to Consumers, please visit the disclosure on the Massachusetts Attorney General's website.

For More Information

If you have further questions or require assistance, you can contact Julia Nelson, COO of The Woodson Center, at 202-518-6500 x1. The Woodson Center is committed to maintaining your trust and understanding as they navigate this incident.

For additional resources and information on your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, please visit the Federal Trade Commission's website.

Remember, protecting your personal information is paramount, and taking the steps outlined above can help ensure your data remains secure.

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