The Butler County Federated Library System continues to work on restoring their online system following a ransomware attack last week.
Several of the county’s libraries began to experience technical difficulties beginning last Wednesday (July 17), according to the Butler Area Public Library.
Due to the attack on all Butler County library servers, users are unable to utilize public computers, access the library catalog, and place items on hold.
Libraries do not store sensitive personal information and all locations continue to remain open. While some services are down, library staff is encouraging patrons to continue to use the libraries, especially because many locations are at the height of their summer reading programs.
Since the information breech was detected, the library system has been in contact with local police and the FBI. The timeline for restoration of services is uncertain, but IT teams and library staff have been working diligently to restore services as soon as possible.
“Our libraries are at the height of their popular summer reading programs,” Tom Cully, BCFLS board member said. “Come in to attend any of the many programs offered, read, study, or just beat the heat on these hot summer days. There’s a lot our libraries offer, even with limited technology access.”
Library officials have confirmed that the brand of ransomware used in the attack, Ryuk, is the same ransomware that attacked the Onondaga County, NY library system last week.
Libraries in the BCFLS include:
• Butler Area Public Library
• Cranberry Public Library
• South Butler Library
• Evans City Public Library
• Mars Public Library
• Prospect Community Library
• Zelienople Public Library
• Slippery Rock Community Library
• North Trails Public Library
• Chicora Community Library