The country's biggest library system revealed that it was facing a cyber attack that affected its member services and website pages and restricted access to its digital collection.
The Toronto Public Library serves more than 1.2 million patrons and more than 12 million books distributed across 100 branches. The library stated in the afternoon of Saturday that it was having issues with its online services and in-branch Wi-Fi, as well as printing.
The city's organization has confirmed that it has dealt with an issue with cybersecurity. The library's site was changed to a temporary website with a note explaining the issue.
"As a consequence of the incident, these services are no longer available: tpl.ca, "your account," as well as tpl: map pass passes along with digital collections. Printing and computers in public areas in our branches are not available. Branch locations are operating as planned. Wi-Fi is in the libraries, as well as branch telephone lines functioning," they said.
"Materials are available to borrow and returned at branches till the next notice. At present we have no proof that any personal data of employees or clients has been hacked. TPL has been proactive about preparing for cybersecurity concerns and has swiftly implemented measures to minimize the potential impact."
The government has hired experts in cybersecurity to address the problem; however, they have said that it "may take several days before all systems are fully restored to normal operations."
No hacking organization has claimed responsibility for the hack, and the company did not reply to inquiries about whether this was a ransomware event or if the ransom was paid.
In the last six months, the government of Toronto acknowledged to Recorded Future News that it was able to steal data from its servers by alleged Russian-based hackers who exploited an error in a widely used system for transferring files.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra was the victim of a data loss in the past year. The city had previously faced the threat of ransomware to the public transportation system.
Since the beginning of this few years, several prominent institutions of Canada have been affected by cyberattacks or ransomware attacks, such as the country's largest book retailer, Air Canada, and the National Gallery of Canada. National Gallery of Canada.