November 27, 2021

Hackers Breached Wyoming’s Statewide Catalog “WYLDCat” in Early October

From the Associated Press:

The Wyoming State Library said its statewide online catalog [WYLDCat] was breached last month by unknown hackers, but no sensitive personal data was compromised.

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[State Librarian Lesley] Boughton said the breach was not disclosed until Friday because of an ongoing investigation, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Saturday.

The database contains government information on executive orders, grants and other official information kept by the state. The typical patron record includes a name, address, telephone number and optional email address. That information is also available elsewhere, the library said.

The hackers may have been able to see what patrons checked out, officials said.

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From the Formal Notification Statement From State Library of Wyoming:

On October 7, 2014 the server running WYLDCat, the Wyoming libraries online catalog, was breached by unknown intruders based outside the United States. Borrower records containing personal identifying information (PII) may have been accessed.

If you are a registered borrower and want to know what personal information is contained in your record you can ask at your local library or call the Wyoming State Library toll free at 1-800-264-1281, press 1. You will need your library card number to obtain the information. The state library hours are 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Friday (closed on Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day). Requests must be made by December 31, 2014.

The WYLD library system was down for two days. This impacted both constituents and libraries around the state. There are no indications there was any loss of PII or that data integrity could not be restored as a part of the remediation process.

The system has been fully rebuilt and returned to service.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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