St. Louis Libraries Hit with Ransomware

Jan 30, 2017

St. Louis Libraries Hit with Ransomware

BY Chris Brunau

Cybersecurity Ransomware

Recently, 16 libraries across St. Louis were infected with ransomware, bringing the system to a halt. The libraries were infected January 20 and were down for a considerable amount of time before bringing systems back online.

The attackers are demanding a ransom of $35,000 in Bitcoin to regain access so the encrypted data. The library has regained control of their servers, but the book checkout and public Internet access are still incapacitated.

According to The Guardian, the libraries will not pay the ransom and will be forced to wipe their computer system and start from scratch. Currently, it is unclear how the libraries were infected with ransomware.

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