British Library suffers ransomware attack, employee data stolen

22/11/2023 | Independent

The British Library has suffered a cyber attack that has led to a leak of employee data. The Rhysida ransomware group claims to have access to passports and other data files and has started bidding at 20 bitcoins (£600,000). According to reports, the security incident was a "major technology outage" that affected online services, public Wi-Fi at the site, and its website. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are investigating the incident.

UPDATE: 221123 - The Guardian reports that The British Library has confirmed personal data stolen in the cyberattack and has now appeared for sale to the highest bidder online. IA spokesperson for the library said: "aware that some data has been leaked, which appears to be from files relating to our internal HR information".

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