The City's servers and computers are now powered down but we're told emergency services have not been impacted.
According to an afternoon press conference, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has signed a Declaration of Emergency order after suspicious activity-an influx of reported phishing attempts-were noted by employees on computers belonging to the New Orleans city government Friday morning in a suspected ransomware attack.
The incident is being investigated by the city with assistance from the Louisiana State Police, Louisiana National Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service, according to the tweets.
City Hall workers were warned over a loudspeaker about the incident, nola.com reports.
Early indications are that the city was hit with a ransomware attack, though no requests or demands appear to have been made of the city as of late afternoon Friday, according to Mayor LaToya Cantrell at a press conference late Friday afternoon.
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The city's website went down as part of the suspected attack, but official social media accounts for the city got the word out. "Other than that, services remain the same, response times remain the same".
The FBI said in an October report that "state and local governments have been particularly visible targets for ransomware attacks".
In August, three school districts were hit by ransomware, prompting the Louisiana governor to declare a state emergency, the first one in the state's history caused by a cyber-attack, rather than a natural disaster. During testimony before the state legislature, Neal Underwood, Louisiana's deputy chief information officer, said that the attack on the state's computers was "sophisticated and coordinated".
Article updated on December 13, 16:35 CST with information from Mayor Cantrell's press conference.