The Toronto Public Library Appears To Have Been Pwned

I was alerted late yesterday to this post that was put up by the Toronto Public Library. Apparently the are currently dealing with some sort of “cybersecurity incident” which is code for the fact that they have likely been pwned by hackers. Here’s the salient information:

We are actively addressing a cybersecurity incident that came to our attention on Saturday, October 28. 

As a result of the incident, the following services are unavailable:, “your account”, tpl:map passes and digital collections. Public computers and printing services at our branches are also unavailable.

Branches are open as scheduled. Wifi is available in library branches, and branch telephone lines are working. Materials can be borrowed and returned in branches until further notice.

As of now, there is no evidence that the personal information of our staff or customers has been compromised.

TPL has proactively prepared for cybersecurity issues and promptly initiated measures to mitigate potential impacts. We have engaged with third-party cybersecurity experts to help us in resolving this situation. We do anticipate though that it may take several days before all systems are fully restored to normal operations.

We will update this page as more information becomes known. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we do everything we can to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.

It will be interesting to find out what happened, and more importantly how library patrons are affected by this. Because I would not be surprised if those patrons along with their staff have been affected despite what they say.

Watch this space.

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