New Orleans officials tried to contain a cyberattack on its network on Friday, local time,media reported. It is reported that the attack led to the computer offline, office sclose, the city government website closed. But the city has not found any signs of a password crack or data loss in the attack, but the influx of emails meant the city’s systems were temporarily shut down.
By late afternoon, the city had found no sign of a password crack or data loss in the attack, though the influx of suspicious emails meant the city’s system would be temporarily offline.
It is unclear how long the city’s system will be offline. Experts from the Louisiana State Police, the National Guard, the FBI and the Secret Service have joined the investigation. At the same time, officials say critical public safety services will continue to operate and City Hall offices will continue to operate with paper and pen.
The exact nature and scope of the attack is unclear, but it appears to have started around 5 a.m. local time on December 14. At the time, city officials first noticed suspicious activity on their network. At around 8 a.m., employees were called to work with reports of suspicious activity. Officials then decided to shut down the government system after 11 a.m.