Louisiana Cyber Attacks

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Public Safety

Louisiana State Government, State of Louisiana

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

The Advocate

  • Motor vehicle and other state departments disrupted in cyberattack
  • IT personnel disabled computers affected by the virus
  • Most recipients of SNAP were able to utilize their card despite attack
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WBRZ

  • Attack prevented law enforcement from being able to access background checks or histories
  • Noted as a safety hazard for police and potential threat allowing warranted persons to walk
  • Officers and Dispatch only have access to local physical copies of warrants and other information
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East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Parish

Breach Type – Hacking, Other (Website Defacement)

The Advocate

  • Sheriff's office website hacked with disturbing message
  • Officials advised that bad actor was unable to access data
  • Website eventually taken down and replaced with 404 error message
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Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office

Breach Type - Virus

KADN News 15

  • Virus takes systems offline at Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Information on inmate database missing as a result
  • Email system down
  • Network technicians working to restore & repair records
  • Virus similar to attack on Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office which hit weeks before
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Virus Hits Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office

Breach Type - Ransomware

KLFY

  • FBI Cyber Crime Unit involved to investigate
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KATC

  • Personal information was not stolen
  • Systems reconfigured
  • Ransom not paid
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Local Government

City of New Orleans, Orleans Parish

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

NOLA

  • Ransomware cyberattack used against New Orleans government
  • City systems and website were down during attack
  • Emergency services remained unaffected
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City of New Iberia, Iberia Parish

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

Iberia Net

  • Louisiana city hit with ransomware cyberattack during city council meeting
  • IT officials noticed attack as it was happening
  • National Guard and State Police were assisting in the investigation
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St. James Parish Government, St. James Parish

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

Fox 8

  • St. James Parish government forced to release statement regarding cyberattack
  • Phone lines remained down and services were limited
  • Statewide agencies assisted parish government with getting network working
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Town of Winnsboro (Utility Billing System), Franklin Parish

Breach Type - Unknown, Malware

Hanna Pub

  • Winnsboro's utility billing system breached, investigated by Sheriff's Office and FBI
  • Multiple $1,000 withdrawals electronically stolen from utility billing account
  • Cyber attackers imitated passwords, imitated bank routine, and committed fraud
  • Malware discovered in billing computer however customer information was safe
  • Investigators believe malware utilized by German group
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City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu County

Breach Type - Phishing, Other

KPLC-TV

  • City of Lake Charles launched investigation due to unauthorized access of City’s information technology systems
  • No evidence of misuse of information has surfaced
  • City’s email server temporarily unavailable in addition to other internal systems
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Bossier City Water Bill Pay System, Bossier Parish

Breach Type - Other/Vulnerability, Data Breach

ArkLaTex

  • Bossier City water customers discover unauthorized charges to their accounts
  • Customers’ financial information potentially exposed through data breach
  • Bossier conducting forensic investigation
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Securities and Exchange Commission

Breach Type - Phishing

Cyber Scoop

  • Eastern European hacking group
  • Released malware through phishing emails
  • Hackers used multi stage infection to target specific U.S. businesses
  • After a specific file in Louisiana, where severs were turned offline when notified about attack
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Baton Rouge municipality & Louisiana State Government

Breach Type - Hack

Vocativ

  • Hackers affiliated with “Anonymous” attack two government website
  • Hackers state purpose is to show police brutality
  • Hackers claim to contain private police officer information
  • Compile document of news articles, audio, & video of shootings for Philando Castile & Alton Sterling
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Louisiana DMV

Breach Type - Hack

Deep Dot Web

  • Hacker known as “NSA”
  • Selling over a quarter million driver license records on dark web
  • Data on dark web is legitimate and for sale by “NSA”
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Medical

Magnolia Pediatrics, Ascension Parish

Breach Type – Other, Ransomware

The Advocate

  • Pediatric center in Louisiana victim of ransomware cyberattack
  • FBI investigated attack, center officials advised families register fraud alerts with credit bureau
  • Officials believed no information had been taken during the attack
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Imperial Health, Calcasieu Parish

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

HIPAA Journal

  • 111,000 patients of health center likely had personal information compromised
  • Bad actors downloaded ransomware onto health center network, encrypted files
  • No evidence of data breach, however impossible to rule out according to officials
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Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc. & Rehabilitation

Breach Type - Ransomware

HealthIT Security

  • Louisiana Health indirectly victimized by ransomware infection of SummitRe
  • Though investigation is ongoing, no evidence has surfaced of patient data misuse
  • 8,000 individuals could be affected by the breach
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Summit Reinsurance Services, Inc.

Breach Type - Ransomware

My LAHC

  • SummitRe notifies patients of ransomware attack
  • Hackers encrypted one of its servers containing sensitive client info
  • SummitRe did not find evidence of access/misuse of information
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Education

Baton Rouge Community College, East Baton Rouge Parish

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

Gov Tech

  • Louisiana State Police investigated ransomware cyberattack against college
  • Officials disabled all servers while they checked for any damage
  • State and college officials assisted by National Guard
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Tangipahoa Parish School System, Tangipahoa Parish

Breach Type – Unknown, Malware

Security Magazine

  • School hit with malware cyber attack, e-mail and phone lines down
  • School superintendent advises that their office is on heightened alert
  • Tangipahoa Parish school IT department disabled IP phones to mitigate spread
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Sabine Parish School District, Sabine Parish

Breach Type – Unknown, Malware

Data Breaches

  • Sabine Parish School District hit with malware attack
  • School systems were impacted, district sought state aid
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ArkLaTex

  • School officials believed no student or staff information was compromised
  • Officials stated that the attack was still undergoing investigation
  • School board advised that Sabine Parish was not the only district attacked
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Monroe City School District, Ouachita Parish

Breach Type - Unknown, Malware

KNOE

  • The school district’s systems were shut down due to a virus attack
  • Some concerns were shared over this attack being a ransomware attack but no evidence points to it being a ransomware attack
  • In order to conserve and promote investigations, the servers were individually shut down and analyzed to isolate the incident
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Caddo Parish School Board, Caddo Parish

Breach Type - Phishing, Other

KSLA

  • Schools lost nearly 1 Million in a phishing scheme
  • Hackers posed as an employee with a spoofed email
  • School was directed to send nearly a million dollars to false accounts
  • Authorities attempting to trace and recover the money
  • Schools have added new safeguards and software
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Iberia and St. Martin Parish School Board Websites

Breach Type - Hack

KATC

  • Websites hacked to display pro-ISIS propaganda
  • Hackers could not access personal information
  • Webpages shut down to restore host website
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