The London Public Library in Ontario, Canada faced a cyberattack this week, resulting in the shutdown of most of its services. While in-person borrowing and library programs are still available, the library’s phones, email, WiFi, website, catalogs, printers, computers, and digital resources are inaccessible. The library is working to restore its systems, but the Carson, Glanworth, and Lambeth branches will remain closed until January 2. The attack on the library is one of several recent cyberattacks on libraries across the globe, prompting U.S. officials to consider creating a program to help libraries defend themselves from hackers. Meanwhile, ransomware expert Brett Callow warned that libraries, though not typically seen as lucrative targets, often have cyber insurance that may pay out ransomware hackers in the event of an attack.


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