State OMV offices to remain closed on Wednesday after ransomware attack

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — All Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle offices will remain closed on Wednesday for ongoing network restoration.

On Facebook, Louisiana State Police posted an update from the OMV saying offices will stay closed as officials continue online restoration efforts.

“As electronic services are restored and tested for full operational capabilities, office openings will be evaluated and announced to the public,” the post said.

Many Louisiana state websites and online government services were taken down Monday after an attempted ransomware attack.

On Tuesday the state’s cybersecurity experts continued to respond to the attack on state servers.

An earlier statement from the Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Office said Filing Unemployment Insurance claims could be delayed until later in the day, and that residents with business that is not available online should call the agency they need to work with directly.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said, “While it is nearly impossible to prevent all cyber-attacks because we have prioritized improving Louisiana’s cybersecurity capabilities, we were able to quickly neutralize the threat. The majority of the service interruption seen by employees and the public yesterday was due to our aggressive actions to combat the attack. We are confident we did not have any lost data and we appreciate the public’s patience as we continue to bring services online over the next few days.”

Gov. Edwards prioritized increasing and improving cybersecurity capabilities in Louisiana, leading to the creation of Emergency Support Function 17, which is why Louisiana was able to quickly and aggressively respond to Monday’s attempted ransomware attack.

Monday’s service interruption was largely due to the state Office of Technology Services’ aggressive response to prevent additional infection of state servers and not due to the attempted ransomware attack.

Online services and email started to come back online yesterday afternoon, though full-service restoration may take several days.

“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,” the statement said.

“There is no anticipated data loss and the state did not pay a ransom. OTS staff continues to expand its security presence following the incident, both from systems and training perspectives.”

Louisiana State Police and several federal agencies are investigating this attempted ransomware attack.

Louisiana’s ESF-17 team consists of leaders from OTS, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, LSP, the Louisiana National Guard, state university systems and other cybersecurity experts.

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