British Library Held Ransom in Cyber Attack Demanding £600,000

A ransomware attack targeting the British Library in October, recently revealed, has prompted cyber thieves to demand £600,000 in Bitcoin for the release of the institution’s data. The attack disrupted vital electronic services, including the facility’s WiFi and computer catalogue, causing substantial service outages.

The hackers further escalated their actions by attempting to auction off the library’s personnel data and sensitive information on the dark web, as reported by Museums Association. Additionally, approximately 600 GB of data was disclosed by the attackers online.

Reports indicate that the British Library won’t fully restore its services until January 15, 2024, embarking on a phased return to operational capacity, as per The Bookseller. However, the physical facilities of the library have remained accessible despite the cyber incident.

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