Boston Public Library Hacked
August 31, 2021
Wednesday morning, 8/25, the Boston Public Library experienced a
systemwide technical outage due to a cybersecurity attack, pausing
public computer and public printing services, as well as some online
resources. Affected systems were taken offline immediately, and
proactive steps were taken to isolate the problem and shutdown
network communication. There is currently no evidence that sensitive
employee or patron data has been disclosed.
The library is working with the Mayor’s Department of Innovation and
Technology and law enforcement officials to address the
cybersecurity attack. The Library’s IT department is working on
restoring all technology services, and in the meantime, all
locations will remain open, patrons will still be able to check out
books, and some online services remain operational. This is an
ongoing situation and the library will update patrons and staff
about services and impacts on its website.
apologize for any inconvenience this outage may have caused
patrons,” said Kurt Mansperger, Chief Technology Officer of the BPL.
“Thank you for your patience as our team and law enforcement
officials work to restore our digital services and protect the
library from future attacks."