By Darron Wallace, Syracuse, N.Y., (N.C.C. News) — On July 12th, the Onondaga Public Libraries quickly recognized a problem.
A Ransomware attack disrupted the entire Onondaga County Public Library System. The libraries shut down their computer systems as soon as they recognized what was happening.
Their system was down for 3 weeks.
Today, it is almost fully restored. A Public Library Administrator told NCC News, “We’ve brought it up in stages. On Saturday we were finally able to start checking books back in. So our patrons are now gonna start to see their holds come in, they’re going to start seeing books come into their library again.”
During the 3 weeks of down time, the Central Library was still vibrant. “We kept our programs running, our doors were open. People could come in and browse books on the shelves,” the Admin says.
The computer system is making progress day by day. It is not at full capacity just yet.
The administrative staff is hopeful that the computers will be up and running at 100% capacity by the end of the week.