Spartanburg Co. libraries hit by ransomware attack

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SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Public Libraries confirmed that a ransomware attack on Monday has impacted the library system’s ability to check out books.

Spartanburg County Librarian Todd Stephens said access to the system’s computers and wireless access have been disabled for two days following the attack, but is hopeful to be back up on Friday.

“The key now is recovery and restore,” Stephens said.

He said the ransom demanded 3.6 to 3.8 bitcoins, which is roughly $35,000.

Stephens said the virus was sent out via email by the attacker in December. The email was recently opened by a library employee.

He said they are slowly bringing servers back up and should be fully operational by the weekend.

In the meantime, SCPL cardholders can use their downloadable apps and sites, such as Hoopla, Freegal, Overdrive, and Recorded Books Digital, on their smartphones and tablets.

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