Report: “An Apparent Cyberattack Hushes the British Library”
From The NY Times:
On Saturday [10/28], the library was hit by what it is calling a “cyber incident.” Ever since, its website has been down and scholars have been unable to access its online catalog. The library’s Wi-Fi has also stopped working, and staff members haven’t been allowed to turn on their computers. Its gift shop is open for business, but only for anyone with cash to buy trinkets such as British Library-branded pencils.
On Friday, a library spokeswoman said in an email that she could not provide further comment. She did not respond to questions on whether an attack had actually occurred.
This would not be the first time a library has faced a cyber incident. This year, cybercriminals targeted Germany’s National Library, although its director general, Frank Scholze, said in a telephone interview on Friday that his staff had been able to “fend it off.”
“Libraries have not really been targets before — we’re a little bit under the radar,” Scholze said. “But this seems to be changing.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.