The Toronto Public Library says information about current and former employees was likely recovered in a cyberattack, including social insurance numbers and copies of government-issued IDs.
The library says hackers stole a large number of files from its servers in an attack that first came to its attention on October 28.
It says cardholder and donor databases were not affected, but some customer, volunteer and donor data that was on the compromised server may have been exposed.
In an update this week, the library says current and former staff employed by the library and its charitable foundation since 1998 have been affected.
It says staff names, home addresses, Social Security numbers and copies of their government-issued IDs were likely stolen in the cyberattack.
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The library says it has not paid a ransom and is aware that stolen data linked to the cyberattack could end up on the dark web.
“It is truly unfortunate that data security and ransomware incidents are becoming more common and that public sector organizations including hospitals, schools and libraries – all dedicated to the well-being of the community – are targeted,” the library update states.
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