Malware attack took down 600 computers at Volusia County Public Library

System supporting libraries in Volusia County were hit by a cyber attack, the incident took down 600 computers at Volusia County Public Library (VCPL) branches.

600 staff and public access computers were taken down at Volusia County Public Library (VCPL) branches in Daytona Beach, Florida, following a cyberattack. The attack started around 7 AM on January  9, 2020.

“The county’s technology staff were immediately notified and coordinated recovery efforts with library staff,” reads the official statement.

“Approximately 50 computers are back online, enabling library staff to perform patron business, such as checking books in and out, and making reservations.”

Source BleepingComputer

The library did not disclose the family of malware that infected its system, but experts believe that the computers were infected with ransomware.

The good news is that the cyber attack did not affect the ordinary operations of the Volusia County Public Library, the website of the library was not impacted too. Public Wi-Fi in the library was also not impacted by the attack, according to the statement, “the public is able to safely use Wi-Fi within the libraries on personal devices.”

As a result of the incident, the computers at the library were not able to surf the web.

“The county is conducting an investigation and more information will be available at a later date,” VCPL staff also said.

“Some Californian libraries are also affected by a ransomware attack that encrypted computers at 26 community libraries in Contra Costa County on January 3.” reported BleepingComputer.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Volusia County Library, hacking)

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