A cyber-attack hit New Orleans city, and the employees were asked to shut down their computers as a safety measure. According to a spokesman, Beau Tidwell, the employees started to experience problems with computers at 11 am local time.
Even Nola.gov, the city’s website wasn’t accessible on Friday afternoon, but the emergency services like 911 were operable. It is still not sure if the attack included ransomware, though it’s significant that ransomware attacks have been increasing in cities and other government agencies, over the past few days.
A tweet from New Orleans’ Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness reads, “Out of an abundance of caution; all employees were immediately alerted to power down computers, unplug devices & disconnect from Wi-Fi. All servers have been powered down as well.”