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Ransomware attacks targeting libraries

Library Technology Newsletter [August 2022]


A number of libraries have been victims of ransomware attacks. Unlike many targets of these kind of attacks, libraries do not have especially deep pockets. Further, there is broad consensus among the library information technology community not to engage with the perpetrators of these attacks. This article provides listings of known ransomware attacks on libraries and will be updated as new incidents are discovered.

Other Library-Related ransomware attacks

Ransomware attacks targeting libraries
Boston Public Library Aug 2021 Statement from the Boston Public Library: Technical Outage
EKZ Bibliotheksservice May 2022 Lockbit ransomware attack cripples parts of German library service
Westchester County Library Apr 2022 Sophisticated Ransomware Attack Hits Westchester Libraries
Northampton Area Public Library Nov 2020 Northampton Area Public Library hit by ransomware attack
Contra Costa County libraries Feb 2020 Libraries hit with ransomware attack
Onondaga County Library Jul 2019 Foreign crime group's cyber attack shuts down networks at libraries, Syracuse schools
Butler County Federated Library System Jul 2019 Ransomware Attack Hits Local Libraries
Spartanburg County Public Library Jan 2018 Ransomware news on Spartanburg Public Library and GandCrab
St. Louis Public Library Jan 2017 St. Louis Public Library Recovers from Ransomware Attack

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Publication Year:2022
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Technology Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 1 Number 08
Issue:August 2022
Publisher:Library Technology Guides
Place of Publication:Nashville, TN
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Last Update:2023-01-26 10:42:47
Date Created:2022-09-04 16:00:51