New Orleans Hit With Another Ransomware Attack..
The city of New Orleans is dealing with a cyber attack. The nature of cyber attack was confirmed as a ransomware infection at a press conference held today by New Orleans officials.
The attack was discovered early today, around 11:00 a.m. local time, a city spokesperson told ZDNet through a phone call.
“As a precaution, all employees were immediately alerted to shut down computers, disconnect devices and disconnect from the city’s WiFi connection,” said Beau Tidwell, spokesman for the mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell.
The nola.gov website is also offline, it closes with the rest of the city’s servers.
According to local media reports, to ensure that employees turned off the computers as soon as possible, officials used the town hall’s public speaker systems to alert cyber attack employees.
In addition to the city hall, the incident also affected the New Orleans Police Department, which also closed its entire IT network.
Police officers are still in the field, unaffected, using radios and other backup communications services, although they do not have access to historical data stored on the department’s servers.
On social media, New Orleans officials said 911 emergency services were not affected.
At a press conference held today, Mayor Cantrell said that the investigation into the attack is still ongoing, and that the city knows it is ransomware, but they have not yet received or found a rescue demand.
Authorities said the Louisiana State Police, the New Orleans FBI, the Louisiana National Guard and the Secret Service are helping the city investigate and recover from the attack.
This incident marks the third ransomware incident reported in the state of Louisiana.
In August, three school districts were attacked by ransomware, which caused the governor of Louisiana to declare a state emergency, the first in the history of the state caused by a cyber attack, rather than a natural disaster.
A second incident took place last month when a second ransomware attack encrypted data on the IT network of the Louisiana state government. Weeks after the attack, some state agencies still have difficulty accessing state data, although they are expected to be resolved by the end of the year.
New Orleans is the third most important city in the USA. In facing a ransomware attack in recent years after similar attacks have affected Atlanta (SamSam ransomware in 2018) and Baltimore (RobbinHood ransomware in 2019).
What are your thoughts on these attacks, should anyone be worried about them? Do you think any major damage can actually be done?
How about other attacks, how many other major attacks against US governments and infrastructure are happening without being reported to the general public?
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