Louisiana activated its cybersecurity team after the state was targeted in an attempted ransomware attack similar to those aimed at government organizations and local school districts during the summer, newly re-elected Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted Monday. 

“The Office of Technology Services [OTS] identified a cybersecurity threat that affected some, but not all state servers,” Edwards said, explaining that “OTS immediately initiated its security protocols and, out of an abundance of caution, took state servers down, which impacted many state agencies’ e-mail, websites and other online applications.”

Public statements that Edwards made after previous "ransomware incidents impacting Louisiana school districts in July of 2016 suggested that [the] incidents were ‘severe, intentional security breaches,’” Kimberly Goody, manager, cybercrime analysis, at FireEye said. "Although specific details about the malware and attacker TTPs from the [earlier] incidents were not made public, this language is consistent with the type of broad distribution of ransomware we have seen post-compromise by users of Ryuk, LockerGoga, Robinhood and others.”

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