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ST. LOUIS ( – The St. Louis City Public Library’s computers are not accessible to the public following a ransomware attack.

Library spokeswoman Jennifer Hatton said the 700 computers throughout their 16 branches are currently down because of a ransomware attack.

The exact timing of the attack is unknown, but library officials believe it occurred either Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Hatton said the attackers are demanding the library pay a fee to be able to access their server.

Hatton said the library does not store any personal or financial information from the public or staff members on their servers. She also said the public has nothing to be concerned about and the only inconvenience the attack has caused is the ability for the public to access a free computer.

The library’s technology services staff, law enforcement officials and the FBI are currently investigating the attack.

It is unknown when the computers will be available for public use.

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