Baker & Taylor Ransomware Attack

Distributor Baker & Taylor spent over two weeks with their operations offline after they were targeted in a ransomware attack around August 20, 2022, crippling their ability to process orders. Their sys­tems were restored in September, with a statement saying,

Bringing our systems back online safely and securely has been a top priority. Our internal technical teams with the support of external cyber-security experts have brought our servers and applications back on­line after thoroughly assessing and confirming their security. At this time, we do not believe there is any active malicious software in our environ­ment, including any that would put our customers at risk.

The company initially cited a “server outage” impacting “systems and applica­tions across B&T,” only acknowledging on August 26 that they were victims of a ransomware attack, later saying, “Cy­ber-attacks are an increasing threat to all companies, and unfortunately, we, like others fell victim to a hacker’s attack.”

This report and more like it in the October 2022 issue of Locus.

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