A growing list of those affected also includes at least two charities

Seven education institutions in the UK, US and Canada and two charities, have been caught in a major Blackbaud ransomware hack.

York, Leeds and Reading Universities, which were previously confirmed as being among the hack victims, several other institutions and charities have been confirmed as having been hit, according to the BBC.

Oxford Brookes and the University of London, the University of Reading and Henley Business School, the Ambrose University in Canada, and the Rhode Island School of Design in the US have written to alumni to warn their data may have been compromised. Human Rights Watch has also confirmed its data may been affected, alongside the charity Young Minds.

The systems belonging to the database services company were targeted in a major hack in May this year, with the victims only informed on 16 July. The data, in many cases, include contact information and donation history, as well as events attended.

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