Louisiana State Databases and Websites suffer ransomware attack the Monday after the Governor Election

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(WAFB) – An apparent “ransom” attack crippled much of the Louisiana state government Monday.

An administrator at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) says it appears the state was hit by a “ransomware attack.” The Office of Technology Services (OTS) later confirmed this.

The attack, which was first reported around 11 a.m. Monday, forced a shutdown of state agency websites, as well as internet and email access. Governor John Bel Edwards says OTS immediately initiated security protocols and out of an abundance of caution, took down state servers, which is what impacted numerous state agencies’ email, website, online applications, etc.



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