British Library: What are the consequences of the ransomware attack it received?
The estimated cost is between 6 and 7 million pounds, with the ransom demand reduced to 650,000 pounds. The British Library remains in contact with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), but has not formally requested financial assistance.
The ransomware attack caused extensive disruption to the library’s systems, and the Rhysida group claimed responsibility, threatening to auction off stolen data, including personal information of readers and visitors. The breach involved the theft of approximately 573 GB of data. Currently, the British Library has not received offers for additional funding, maintaining its own financial reserves to address unexpected problems.
The ripple effects of the cyberattack extend beyond the immediate operational disruptions. Payments for lending rights to authors have been suspended, creating financial challenges for writers and hindering the progress of ongoing research projects. Joanne Harris, the president of the Society of Authors, has voiced her apprehension about the situation, expressing concern for the well-being of writers impacted by the attack.
The mission of the library is to provide free access to a collection of 170 million items for research and enjoyment. However, the cyberattack poses a threat to access to knowledge, with consequences affecting life in the United Kingdom. Payments for lending rights to authors have been suspended, impacting their financial situation and hindering the completion of research projects.
Joanne Harris, the president of the Society of Authors, expresses concern about the consequences of the situation for writers.