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New Orleans mayor declares state of emergency in wake of city cyberattack
CNN ^ | December 13, 2019 | Amir Vera,

Posted on 12/14/2019 7:02:07 AM PST by BenLurkin

Phishing attempts and suspicious activity were detected on the city's network around 5 a.m., New Orleans chief information officer Kim LaGrue said during a press conference. By 11 a.m., technician investigators detected "a cybersecurity incident" and the city's information technology department began powering down servers and city computers as a precaution, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a series of tweets.

While ransomware was detected, no ransom has been demanded in the cyberattack, Cantrell said.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: computers; cyberattack; louisiana; neworleans; technology
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1 posted on 12/14/2019 7:02:07 AM PST by BenLurkin
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After all this time it is hard to see why/how ANY government computer systems are vulnerable.

It's not like they don't have the money to get things right!

2 posted on 12/14/2019 7:10:08 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36

They already put “the money” in their pockets and the pockets of their friends. They essentially have “no” money.


3 posted on 12/14/2019 7:14:14 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp???)
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To: philman_36

Too many public employees surfing porn on the job maybe.

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Chief-s-suspension-over-adult-Web-sites-shocks-2080617.php


4 posted on 12/14/2019 7:14:40 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Recall that unqualified Hillary Clinton sat on the board of Wal-Mart when Bill Clinton was governor)
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To: philman_36

You actually expect competence from guberment personal?


5 posted on 12/14/2019 7:14:44 AM PST by oldasrocks (Heavily Medicated for your Protection.)
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To: BenLurkin

They’ll blame it on Trump, Kremlin Agent No. 1.


6 posted on 12/14/2019 7:14:44 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: BenLurkin

Without any specific knowledge, I’ll wager that a lower-level city associate (employee or contractor) with too much access to the system, opened a link to permit the attack. What is needed is a sandbox scheme that can isolate such attacks. The rewards to the criminals who are almost always offshore are too high to stop these attacks. All it takes is a single weak link!


7 posted on 12/14/2019 7:15:05 AM PST by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: philman_36

I think 5 billion was spent on the obamacare website.


8 posted on 12/14/2019 7:16:08 AM PST by bankwalker (Immigration without assimilation is an invasion.)
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To: philman_36; knittnmom

Because no matter how much gets spent on improving the software, or how many training sessions and security reminders there are, there is always some idiot who clicks on the link.

Knittnmom has experience with this. She could tell you stories!


9 posted on 12/14/2019 7:18:28 AM PST by Ellendra (A single lie on our side does more damage than a thousand lies on their side.)
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To: philman_36

They don’t have the brains, either.


10 posted on 12/14/2019 7:19:48 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: BenLurkin

Uh-huh.


11 posted on 12/14/2019 7:23:11 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: philman_36

95% of hacks are the result of human stupidity.

And no amount of money can fix stupid.


12 posted on 12/14/2019 7:28:35 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: BenLurkin

State of emergency?

Um, ok?

Just get your IT and HR department to improve your security procedures, and actually communicate that to the grunts.


13 posted on 12/14/2019 7:38:45 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: SES1066
I’ll wager that a lower-level city associate (employee or contractor) with too much access to the system, opened a link to permit the attack.

Blaming the victim for malware is an out dated concept. These days you do not have to open a link to get malware. Legitimate sites become corrupted every day. There could easily be no malfeasance or carelessness at all by an employee or contractor for the city that contributed to this issue.

14 posted on 12/14/2019 7:46:28 AM PST by fireman15
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To: hal ogen
They already put “the money” in their pockets and the pockets of their friends. They essentially have “no” money.

All over America major road projects have had to be re-done and the crumbling new roads were found to have had far too much gravel and filler in proportion to concrete declared on documents which were not accurate ---with the funds for the missing element going into officials' pockets. "Faulty composition" was deliberate.

How much cybersecurity money drifted away in consultants' bank accounts?

15 posted on 12/14/2019 7:50:47 AM PST by frank ballenger (End vote fraud & harvesting,non-citizen voting & leftist media news censorsheip or we are finished.)
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To: bankwalker

There’s little doubt in my mind that much of that went back into campaign donations.


16 posted on 12/14/2019 7:54:16 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: fireman15
Blaming the victim for malware is an out dated concept.

Sorry, but I'll hold to this because this is still the predominant point of access in these cases. Yes training has reduced the incidence but scammers can be very convincing, that is their profession after all. The one that is most insidious is when the message appears from an identified superior, that is not carelessness nor malfeasance and that is where I agree with you.

My desire is still for segregation (sandbox) of the local nodes. Very complex task to work it out for both safety and efficiency. A worthy job for the Federal Government to do the heavy lifting.

17 posted on 12/14/2019 7:58:12 AM PST by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: BenLurkin; All
No one is held accountable for bad behavior (hackers) or held accountable for poor performance (IT security).

Hackers (and telemarketers) should be hanged in public, incompetent IT security guys should look for other work.

18 posted on 12/14/2019 8:05:57 AM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: BenLurkin

The password should not have been PASSWORD.


19 posted on 12/14/2019 8:06:21 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: BenLurkin

Life imitates art.

This was a plot on NCIS NOLA a few weeks ago.


20 posted on 12/14/2019 8:11:29 AM PST by mad_as_he$$
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