Seattle Public Library System Grapples with Ransomware Attack 

The Seattle Public Library system was hit by a ransomware attack over the Memorial Day weekend, disrupting access to technology services across its 27 individual branches. As of the latest update, the library remains offline while investigations and recovery efforts are underway. Unfortunately, there is no estimated timeline for full restoration. 

Impacted services include the online catalog, loaning system, e-books, e-audiobooks, public computers, Wi-Fi, and printing. The library’s website, which provides updates on the situation, was also knocked offline but has since been restored with the assistance of external security experts. 

Library officials have taken steps to isolate the damage and assess the nature and impacts of the attack. However, the incident highlights the need for proactive cybersecurity measures in institutions like libraries. Seattle, being a major US city, must prioritize security to prevent future incidents.