"Today, we mobilized the security team to cyberspace as a response to a ransomware attack, affecting some state servers. The Office of Technology Services (OTS) identified a threat that affected some but not all state servers ”, said the governor of Edwards.
According to Edwards, security experts acted immediately and tried to limit the damage by stopping some servers from running. As a result, many did not work e-mail, websites and web sites applications, used by government agencies.
"The disruption is due to OTS's aggressive response to prevent further contamination of state servers and not to ransomware," the commander added.
What services were affected?
The services that were shut down because of the whole situation were government websites but also servers who manage communications via email and internal applications.
According to local media, some of the sites affected were those related to the Office of the Commander, the Louisiana Legislature, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Louisiana Department of Transportation, the Department of Transportation & Development and more.
At the moment local government officials are using accounts Gmail for communicating with each other.
We still do not know the extent to which ransomware has affected the interior network of the state of Louisiana.
According to representatives of the region, the situation is under control. The sites, mentioned above, operate again. However, some of the internal applications may take a few days to fully recover.
Louisiana was prepared for one ransomware attack
The Louisiana administration reacted immediately to the attack, so the consequences were not serious. Louisiana is one of the few American states to have one plan to effectively deal with cyberattacks.
Two years ago, Governor Edwards created one commission, which is responsible for safety in cyberspace and creates action plans to deal with such attacks.
In the summer, Louisiana again suffered a ransomware attack that affected the systems of the Sabine, Morehouse and Ouachita school districts. It was then the first time the committee was called to implement its plans.
The governor, however, was forced to make an emergency announcement in order to mobilize government agencies to counter the attack. Yesterday's attack did not have to do so because OTS responded quickly and effectively and stopped the ransomware attack.
The ransomware attacks on their local governments USA have been a common phenomenon in recent months. According to a report, 81 attacks have been recorded since the beginning of the year.
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