May 27, 2022

New York: Onondaga County Libraries Face Ransomware Attack

From Spectrum News:

A ransomware attack is causing lingering problems for the Onondaga County Public Library and its city branches.

Their computers and Wi-Fi have been down since Friday.


Although the computers, Wi-Fi and phones don’t work at the central or city branch libraries, they are all still open.

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The Onondaga County library computer system was disabled last week by the same ransomware as the Syracuse school district, but thus far the county has not received a ransom demand, officials said today.


The city school district, which was attacked first, has received a demand for ransom, a knowledgeable source says. School district officials have declined to confirm or deny that.

The library system’s computer network was disabled July 12 by Ryuk ransomware, the same malware that crippled the school district system three days before, according to Justin Sayles of the county executive’s office.


Libraries remain open and continue to lend materials and to conduct regular programs. But the ransomware has disabled the countywide card catalog. Phones and WiFi service in the downtown central library and city branches also are disabled.

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See Also: Syracuse School District, Onondaga County Libraries, Recovering From Cyberattack (via WRVO)

See Also: Official Information Page (via Onondaga County Public Library)

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