La Fundación de la Universidad EARTH se creó para apoyar la visión educativa de la institución, con el fin de obtener generosas donaciones por parte de la comunidad global y otros programas e iniciativas. La Fundación está registrada en Estados Unidos como una entidad 501(c)(3) o fundación de beneficencia, con sede en Atlanta, Georgia.

La Universidad EARTH fue fundada en 1986 por ley del Gobierno de la República de Costa Rica como una institución: internacional, privada y sin fines de lucro. Fue creada gracias al apoyo del Gobierno de Costa Rica, la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) y la Fundación W.K. Kellogg.

Desde 1990, el innovador modelo educativo de la Universidad EARTH ha preparado jóvenes de Latinoamérica, el Caribe y otras regiones, incluyendo Europa, África y Asia, para que contribuyan con el desarrollo sostenible de sus países y construyan sociedades más prósperas y justas. EARTH ofrece un riguroso programa de pregrado de cuatro años en ciencias agronómicas, dirigido por una prestigiosa facultad internacional que brinda una educación con sólidas bases científicas y técnicas, que hace énfasis en los valores éticos, la empresarialidad y el compromiso ambiental y social.

Información de contacto para Fundación Universidad EARTH:

Sede en Georgia:

EARTH University Foundation

151 Ellis St NE
Floor 1, Suite 133
Atlanta, GA 30303
Teléfono: +1 404-995-1230
Fax: +1 404-995-1240
Correo electrónico: info@earth-usa.org

Oficina Regional en Michigan:

EARTH University Foundation

34 West Jackson St. Ste 4B
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Teléfono: 269-965-7127
Fax: 269-965-7128
Correo electrónico: Kate Flores, kflores@earth-usa.org

Información de contacto para la Universidad:

Universidad EARTH

Apartado 4442-1000
San José, Costa Rica
Teléfono: +506 2713-0000
Dirección de correo electrónico: info@earth.ac.cr

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Lee la información financiera de la Fundación aquí.
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Notice of Data Breach

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, EARTH University Foundation received notification from Blackbaud, one of the EUF’s vendors, of a ransomware attack which occurred in May of 2020.  The cybercriminal removed data for the purpose of extorting funds from Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest providers of education administration, fundraising, and financial management software for non-profits.

The copy of data that the cybercriminal removed may have included the impacted individual's name and contact information for EARTH University Foundation supporters.  EARTH University Foundation has never provided credit card numbers, bank account information, social security numbers, or similar high-risk data to Blackbaud, thus this data was not exposed. 

If you have questions concerning this unauthorized access of data, please contact our Foundation office at info@earth-usa.org

We are issuing this statement to explain the incident to you. We take the protection and appropriate use of your information seriously.  To the extent that the data breach affects constituents residing in the UK or EU, please accept this web notification pursuant to Article 33(2) of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

What Happened? 

Blackbaud, which manages data for many nonprofits and educational institutions, informed us that it was the target of a ransomware attack in early 2020. You may have received a similar email about this Blackbaud incident from other non-profits or universities you support whose data Blackbaud stewarded. Blackbaud has informed us that after discovering the attack, its Cyber Security team brought in law enforcement and independent forensics experts; they successfully expelled the cybercriminal from Blackbaud’s system. Blackbaud indicated that the cybercriminal did remove a copy of a backup file containing some of your personal information before being locked out of the system.  A full description of the incident is available here. (Note: this link will take you to blackbaud.com, a third-party website.) 

What Information Was Involved? 

Blackbaud has informed us that the cybercriminal did not access any credit card information, bank account information, or social security numbers.  Blackbaud has determined, however, that the file may have contained demographic information including customer and donor names, physical and email addresses, telephone numbers, and giving history.

Blackbaud informed us that the company paid the cybercriminal’s ransom and received confirmation that the stolen data had been destroyed.

Based on its internal research, law enforcement and other third-party investigation, and the nature of the incident, Blackbaud concluded that no data went beyond the cybercriminal, was or will be misused, or will be disseminated or otherwise made available publicly. 

What Blackbaud and EARTH University Foundation Are Doing 

The Foundation is notifying you out of an abundance of caution.

Blackbaud has assured us—and you—of its commitment to prevent future cyber theft; it has already implemented several changes to better protect your data.

Blackbaud notified us that its teams were able to quickly identify the vulnerability associated with this incident, including the tactics used by the cybercriminal, and took swift action to fix it. The company has confirmed through testing by multiple third parties, including the appropriate platform vendors, that its fix withstands all known attack tactics. Additionally, Blackbaud notes that it is accelerating its efforts to further harden its environment through enhancements to access management, network segmentation, deployment of additional endpoint and network-based platforms.

What You Can Do 

Although we currently have no reason to believe that your personal information will be misused, we encourage you to remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activity or suspected identity theft to us, to Blackbaud, and to the proper law enforcement authorities.

We sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter and/or the protections available to you.

 

Sincerely,

Meridith Rentz

Executive Director

EARTH University Foundation