Czech morning news at a glance: headlines from May 19, 2021


The National Library (NK) in Prague announced yesterday that it had been the victim of a cyber attack and had shut down its main systems. Experts are currently working on a safe resumption of operations, but the library will remain closed to the public until further notice. NK management filed a criminal complaint against the unidentified perpetrator of the attack. In the meantime, borrowed books can be returned to the Klementinum Complex book box. A spokesperson said some digital databases are still working. At present, the NK registers around 30,000 readers. The NK is one of the oldest Czech public libraries, administering the largest collection of books in the country. It is located in Klementinum and reports to the Ministry of Culture. The NK is the center of the library system, administering the collection of historical and modern literature with over six million documents. Each year, around 70,000 titles are added to the collection. There are over 16,000 manuscripts such as the priceless Vysehradsky kodex (Codex Vyssegradensis in Latin, aka Coronation Gospels of King Vratislaus) from 1086. According to security firm Check Point, the number of hacker attacks has increased by 259 % since the start of the war. year. ÄŒTK


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