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It’s unclear whether St. Helena Public Library patrons’ data was leaked after a cyberattack on the library’s sister libraries in Solano County.

Hackers attacked the Solano Partner Libraries and St. Helena (SPLASH) computer network on April 5, threatening to release stolen data unless they received a ransom of $100,000.

According to a news release issued by the city of St. Helena, the attack primarily affected Solano County’s nine libraries, disrupting public internet access and internal record-keeping systems.

The St. Helena library uses a separate cloud-based system to store its data. The city warns that “some data may have been leaked,” but no leak had been confirmed by Saturday afternoon.

As of Saturday, the St. Helena library was open and fully operational, including internet, Wi-Fi, computers and phones.

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“The city of St. Helena, including the St. Helena Public Library, want to assure our community that we take this matter very seriously and continue to take steps to keep all information safe and secure,” the city’s statement read. “Our team is working with cybersecurity experts to investigate the source of the attack, assess the impact, if any, on our systems, and take appropriate measures to enhance our security protocols.”

The St. Helena library doesn’t store bank or credit card information, but the city recommends that card holders monitor financial accounts and watch out for suspicious activity in case other personal information is used to open fraudulent accounts.

“Additionally, please be cautious of any unsolicited communications claiming to be from the library or related parties, as they could be attempts to exploit this situation,” the city warned.

Anyone with concerns or questions should contact the library at 707-963-5244 or [email protected].

Hackers try to steal passwords to gain access to computer networks. If they are successful, they encrypt the data. And demand a ransom for the password to remove the encryption.

You can reach Jesse Duarte at 707-967-6803 or [email protected].


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