Data breach affects Bellingham Public Library customers
Bellingham Public Library reported a data breach affecting “a limited number” of patrons, part of a recent attack on the Whatcom County Library system, city officials said Thursday, July 21.
“A recent data breach affecting the computer networks of the Whatcom County Library System also resulted in the unauthorized downloading of certain Bellingham Public Library patron data. No data was downloaded directly from the Bellingham Public Library or the City of Bellingham’s computer systems,” said Janice Keller, Director of Communications for the City.
A total of 735 Bellingham Public Library customers are affected, Keller said in the emailed statement.
“Our library and city teams, in conjunction with Whatcom County Library System, are working quickly to resolve this incident and are taking all necessary and required actions to address it. The investigation into this incident is ongoing,” she said.
The Bellingham and Whatcom County Libraries share a catalog and electronic management system, and patrons can borrow materials from either library.
In June, an apparent malware attack crippled some Whatcom County Library systems, including its phones, email and some digital services.
Affected Bellingham Library customers were notified of the breach, which included their name, date of birth, library account number and password or PIN.
“While the investigation is ongoing, we have no reason to believe that any additional patron data has been exposed,” Library Director Rebecca Judd said in a letter to affected patrons that was sent to the public. shared with the Bellingham Herald.