Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

State Government Suffers Cyberattack; OMV Remains Closed Thursday Morning

State Government Suffers Cyberattack; OMV Remains Closed Thursday Morning

Edwards took to Twitter to inform residents that they are not at risk, that no data was lost, and that no ransom was paid.

Among the services impacted by the computer outage were driver's license and other DMV business, document filing for food stamps and email communication with most people on the Louisiana network.

"Due to ongoing network restoration efforts by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Technology Services, all OMV offices will remain closed throughout the day".

Earlier this year, Edwards declared a state of emergency after multiple school districts across the state were hit by a similar ransomware attack.

On Monday, the ransomware attack affected several state agencies, including the state's Office of Motor Vehicles, which appears to have been one of the first departments to notice something wrong, according to local news outlet The Advocate.

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While the governor's office did not confirm the Reuters report, it did note that Monday's incident was related to the attacks from July. Known by its official name, the NCIC, is a database of a person's criminal record history, a list of wanted fugitives and stolen properties and also information about missing persons.

Division of Administration spokesman Jacques Berry, reached by phone, said there is a "system issue" but did not elaborate.

"While it is almost impossible to prevent all cyber attacks, because we have prioritized improving Louisiana's cybersecurity capabilities, we were able to quickly neutralize the threat".

The governor says state police and federal agencies are investigating.

Louisiana state government computers were knocked out following a ransomware attack, the governor said on Monday, as results from the close gubernatorial election in the southern state await certification. It consists of leaders from the technology department, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, State Police, the Louisiana National Guard and other cybersecurity experts.

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