Clemson Alumni Association confirms data breach

South Carolina News

CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Clemson Alumni Association officials sent an email to school alumni about a cybersecurity incident that happened on March 23.

According to email, the incident happened due to a “security lapse within the platform of a third-party vendor that the CAA uses to create and send e-mail communications.”

Officials said the information compromised by the incident included first names, last names and email addresses, but do not include any financial or other sensitive or personal information.

“As a result of this incident, you may have received an unsolicited, suspicious email on March 24 stating you are eligible to win a prize offered by Clemson University in return for completing a survey. Please be advised that this e-mail was spam and did not originate from the CAA or Clemson University.”

The third-party vendor has taken immediate steps to restrict access to all affected e-mail accounts and to stop the sending of unsolicited emails, including suspending all outbound emails, resetting credentials on all impacted accounts, and disabling all links in the suspicious emails.   Additionally, if you did click the link or complete any forms within the spam e-mail sent on March 24, it is advisable to take additional steps to ensure your computer is virus-free as an extra security measure.

Your Clemson Alumni Association takes the privacy rights of our alumni, donors and friends seriously, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused you.  Please be advised that the CAA is working to ensure the third-party vendor in question implements additional security measures to prevent the re-occurrence of this type of incident and to ensure your privacy.

For more information, call the Clemson Alumni Association at 864-656-2345 or email

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