In the wake of a ransomware attack that occurred in late October of last year, the Toronto Public Library has restored some of its systems to complete functionality. The Toronto Observer has conducted an in-depth report on the fallout the cyberattack has had on not just the library systems, but also library patrons as well. The Library reports that senior citizens make up a sizable amount of its patronage, borrowing 33 percent of all books lent by the Library system. While the Observer noticed that many computers in the East York Branches it visited had blank screens with “Out of Order” messages taped to the monitors, the Library itself has announced that the eResources and Branch information sections of their website have been restored. The eBook and lending systems are taking longer to restore given the size of the library system itself.
Efforts to restore services are ongoing.