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Louisiana Targeted by Attempted Ransomware Attack, Governor Says

Nov. 18, 2019, 11:21 PM

Louisiana was targeted by an attempted ransomware attack that affected some of the state’s server computers, governor John Bel Edwards said in a tweet.

In response, the state initiated “security protocols” and took state servers down, the governor said. The moves affected many agencies’ email, websites and other online applications, he wrote on Twitter.

“The service interruption was due to OTS’ aggressive response to prevent additional infection of state servers and not due to the attempted ransomware attack,” Edwards wrote. “Online services started to come back online this afternoon, though full restoration may take several days.”

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