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New Orleans’ digital infrastructure has been crippled for days after hackers launched a cyber-attack on the city.
NEW ORLEANS city of New Orleans has ordered a forensic investigation into the cyberattack that crippled the city’s digital infrastructure for days.
Officials said the city was confident it would be able to recover data that was lost after the hackers have infected approximately 4,000 of the town’s computers with ransomware. Even though it was not clear where the data is to be restored of about 50 volunteers, state agents, and government partners have been on the ground in order to start the re-imaging of the information.
“Our staff are still gathering information and determining the root cause of our attack, and whether or not any data has been compromised,” said Kim LaGrue, Chief Communications Officer for the city of New Orleans. “From what we know, and we have to be sure that the information that we have made.”
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Collin Arnold, executive Director of the national Security and emergency Preparedness for New Orleans, and said both the fbi and the Secret Service were working with the city and the forensic phase of the investigation. New Orleans’ Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the cyber attack the city declared a state of emergency last Friday.
Signs that read “not open” plastered on the front doors of New Orleans’ municipal and traffic courts. The dishes have been cleared, since the hackers hit New Orleans, and the computer systems a lot of manual intervention. (Fox News/Charles Watson ()
The mayor LaToya Cantrell said that the city was in regard to the breach of the security of an active attack. However, as of Monday, the city said that it had not been received asking for a ransom to be paid.
“This security breach is a public safety and security, and we will take it as that, very, very seriously,” said Cantrell. “This is not just about the new normal, but it has to be a priority for the government to invest in our infrastructure. And that includes cyber security.”
Cantrell confirmed that the city had purchased a cybersecurity insurance policy, at the end of 2018. The insurance policy is expected to be about $1,000,000, the cost to the city, the city has made since the beginning of the attack. Even though it does not cover the cost of the payment of a ransom.
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As citizens and advocates showed up to the municipal and traffic courts, the doors were closed, with a bright orange logo on them, warning people that the courts were not operational due to computer problems with the network. The idea of the ‘ personal data may be lost in cyber space have crossed some of their minds.
“This will interfere with a fair trial, and the use of the legal system. The things that are good for your customer should be able to get lost in it,” said the attorney, Michael Idoyaga. “You may think that you have a few computers here and there, but it is a large scale thing like this is scary.”
The New Orleans Mayor, LaToya Cantrell for updates of the general public concerning the city’s progress in the re-establishment of service following a cyber attack that was launched against the city. (Fox News/Charles Watson ()
Others, such as Harold Skinner felt himself as helpless as he was waiting for a ride to work. The hope was that things will be back to normal soon.
“It’s a concern of mine, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I don’t think I’m the only one. I think it’s going to be a lot of people,” said Skinner.
New Orleans is the latest city to be targeted by hackers. Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Newark, new jersey, New Jersey, and from dozens of U.s. cities and towns that have been hit with a lot of manual intervention. According to IT security firm Barracuda, with at least a 70 on the state and local governments were hit by ransomware in the first half of the year is 2019.
In the case of new york city, the town was hit in May by a hacker who demanded $80,000 in cash in the cryptocurrency. The hacker would have to give it to the city and to re-gain access to the computer systems and the city’s servers. The mayor, Bernard C. Young, didn’t have the money to pay for it. Without insurance, that the city was going to have to spend millions and millions of dollars in recovery efforts.
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The city is estimated to be up by the end of the year, Baltimore would have to spend about $18 million. The majority of the funds will be allocated to the recovery efforts, as well as loss of revenue, while the city’s systems have been compromised.
Cyber security experts believe that it is an increase in the number of cyber attacks targeted towns and cities due to their financial uncertainty. According to a 2016 survey by the International City/County Management Association, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, more than 50 per cent of local authorities reported an inability to pay competitive salaries, the lack of cybersecurity personnel, and a lack of resources as the major obstacles to the achievement of an optimal cyber security.
“There are a lot of things that cities do not do the right thing. We expect the local authority to ensure the security of their information, or for a large IT-systems, when there are a lot of things that they don’t do it,” said Alex Hamerstone, practice lead, governance, risk and compliance cyber security firm TrustedSec.
Hamerstone, said that the insurance will only go so far to municipal governments. If the security continues to be a matter of secondary importance, he said, is that cyber-attacks will remain a major issue for local authorities.
“A lot of the things that have to be done on paper is now done on computers. Thus, many of the functions of the government have been automated, it is of vital importance that we secure these systems, as well as the data,” he said Hamerstone. “The security of the information, it needs to be a priority for all organizations, government agencies, and municipalities in particular.”
Mayor Cantrell said that the city has been working on the development of a new digital infrastructure. Meanwhile, agencies that are operational was his job to do it manually. The New Orleans Police Department has said that it is currently in the writing of the reports, and warrants are the basis for their system in full operation.
The city has determined that all of the parties involved, who are believed to be responsible for the cyber attack, Skinner is of the opinion that the city needs to find to rent, so this event will never happen again.
“They might be able to catch a “hacker” and make it work for them,” said Skinner.