INCIDENT: Ransomware Attack at Germany’s Largest Library Services Deletes Media Files

One of the largest library services in Germany, EKZ Bibliotheksservice, has been impacted by a ransomware attack. The attack has left book lovers unable to rent and borrow eBooks, audio books, and electronic magazines. Onleihe, a popular online app that connects users via EKZ's service to their local libraries, reported that its copy-protected eBooks had been deleted. Bleepingcomputer reported that the LockBit ransomware group has claimed responsibility. LockBit released 100% of the data, according to Bleepingcomputer, indicating EKZ will not pay the ransom and is likely restoring from backups,

Incident Date

April 18, 2022



Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.


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