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Should Libraries Even Consider Hacking Back If Attacked?
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Internet crime; Textbooks; Libraries; Awards & honors; Archives & records; Social networks; Network security; Civil disobedience; Hackers; E-books; Library associations; Library materials
Author: Smith, Felicia A
Date: Jan/Feb 2017
Start Page: 14
Pages: 3
Abstract (Document Summary)

Ensuring that library materials are preserved for future generations is one of the highest priorities for the profession. Unlike printed materials, born-digital materials and/or ebooks present a unique set of security risks, specifically cyberattacks or hacking. Hacking refers to gaining unauthorized access to computers to modify, delete, or steal critical information. Libraries need to prepare for inevitable cyberattacks that risk the preservation of online material. Breaches are a statistical certainty for organizations, including the Pentagon, Twitter, the FBI, the U.S. Senate, the International Monetary Fund, Google, and Visa. The threat of ebooks and/or born-digital material being hacked is not as weird as reports of people hacking into baby monitors. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to accurately identify the attacker. This was the case in a more complicated tale involving attacks against Yahoo and eBay. Hackers used innocent zombie computers to attack these two companies.

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