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Hackers breach Wyoming library system

November 8, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming State Library said its statewide online catalog was breached last month by unknown hackers, but no sensitive personal data was compromised.

The breach was discovered after library security detected unusual activity, state librarian Lesley Boughton said.

Boughton said the breach was not disclosed until Friday because of an ongoing investigation, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Saturday.

The database contains government information on executive orders, grants and other official information kept by the state. The typical patron record includes a name, address, telephone number and optional email address. That information is also available elsewhere, the library said.

The hackers may have been able to see what patrons checked out, officials said.

The breach occurred the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 7, and it was quickly caught, Boughton said.

“Monday night, there were some feelers, and security warned there were some people trying to get into the system. And Tuesday morning, it became apparent that there had been a breach, an intrusion into the system,” she said.

It was not clear who was behind the attack, but investigators believe it came from outside the United States, Boughton said.

The statewide system was taken down for two days while security was beefed up.

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On the web:

Wyoming State Library: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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