Ransomware Attack on Louisiana Causes Governor John Bel Edwards to Declare a State of Emergency

Data News Weekly Staff Edited Report

Last week’s Ransomware Attack led to multiple state servers being shut down and closed agencies like the OMV for multiple days.
This caused Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to declare a State of Emergency Friday following the Ransomware Attack on Louisiana.

The declaration allows the several agencies to take actions, including waiving fees and fines, in relation to services that have been temporarily cut off by the attack.

Louisiana’s Technology Office expects to have all state agencies resuming normal operations by early this week.
It was discovered that ten percent of the state’s 5,000 computer network’s servers that power operations across state government and 1,600 PCs were damaged by this week’s Ransomware Attack.

The attack happened early on the morning of November 18, 2019. The state quickly took down computer network systems after they detected an outside intrusion.

An investigation into the source of the attack is ongoing. State employees sidelined by the downed servers did not have their pay affected, officials said.

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