UPDATE: The state’s websites were down today after a hacker’s ransomware attack. The outage began at around 11 a.m., though many sites were back in operation shortly after lunch time.
In such attacks, organizations are typically targeted and a ransom is demanded. Gov. John Bel Edwards, however, stated via Twitter that the state did not pay to get back online. The state’s Office of Technology Services shut down servers upon detecting the attack.
OTS has confirmed that this attempted ransomware attack is similar to the ransomware targeted at local school districts and government entities across the country this summer. There is no anticipated data loss and the state did not pay a ransom. #lagov #lalege— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) November 18, 2019
The service interruption was due to OTS’ aggressive response to prevent— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) November 18, 2019
additional infection of state servers and not due to the attempted ransomware
attack. Online services started to come back online this afternoon,
though full restoration may take several days. #lagov #lalege
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33)(Fox 44) – Many Louisiana government websites are down Monday.
NBC Local 33/Fox 44 spoke with the secretary of state’s office which says their website and all state-government sites are down due to some technical issue.
An exact reason as to why sites were down weren’t clear.
Attempts to access state sites are only left with messages like “service unavailable” or “this site can’t be reached”.
NBC Local 33/Fox 44 has also reached out to the Division of Administration for more information, and are waiting to hear back.