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New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack
December 14, 2019
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Back in the day, important global communications and information systems that needed to be secure/classified (e. g., U.S. Navy) followed a priority order of implementation and use as follows: 1) Reliability, 2) security, 3) speed and 4) cost, in that order. Today, government agencies (city, state and federal) attempting to get "more cost effective" communications and information systems, use commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS) with the minimum of inherent security and minimum IT sophistication and cost in implementing and managing it. That is they've inverted the priorities to be 1) cost, 2) speed, 3) reliability and 4) security. And, without security built-in from the get-go, which commercial systems do not, it's almost impossible to patch in after the fact, not to mention that even with the best software, if the humans interacting with the system can compromise the system they will, either intentionally or by accident.
if you are having any system run by career hacks whose main purpose in life is nothing but climbing ladders, then you have reason to be concerned.
Qualified people are out of work but people who don't know the system are positioned to run the system. What could go wrong?
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared a state of emergency on Friday after the city was hit by a cyberattack that forced officials to shutdown all government computers.
Cantrell discussed details about the sudden technology invasion in a press conference, saying phishing attempts and suspicious activity were detected around 5am.
Government employees began logging onto their computers around 8am and the suspicious activity increased..,,,,
New Orleans mayor declares state of emergency after the city was hit with a cyberattack
Our infrastructure is in dire need of repair. From bridges, to tunnels and highways, everything is falling apart. On the IT side, they are still using COBOL programming to run vital systems. COBOL is an ancient program from the 70's. There has been no upgrading of software or hardware. Here in NYC this infrastructure emergency has been replaced by building bike lanes and pedestrian plazas. Computer hardware and software has not been upgraded to provide "transportation alternatives" to the transplants and the speaker of the city council who wants to break the car culture in NYC, among other things.
I always look at the url name RIGHT BEFORE the dot preceding the top-level domain to determine where an email truly came from before clicking ANY link in that email. I guess
one or more New Orleans city employees didn't do this.
My Two Cents
We have abysmal local, state, and federal communication/computer infrastructures around the nation.
exactly why we should not have electronic voting machines if they can hack intoa city system they can hack elections some will say no however it has already been proven it can and has been done. rest my case.
As a senior I/T specialist myself... I don't see why *major* I/T organizations are still paying ransoms to these creeps. Segregate your networks, put major servers behind serious DMZs, put routine office personnel on Chromebooks, limit web browsing to as need sites, get rid of as much Windows drive mapping as possible, install malware email protection, limit email contacts on websites to essential personnel. Train everyone on malware detection, and have daily backups behind password protected systems. In 7 years, we've had one ransomware attack when a secretary clicked on a phishing link... and we were back up in 5 hrs.
Juan Huang Lo
New Orleans IT supervisor reiterated that both IBM AT's had been compromised but it appeared all authorized city workers would still be able to play Pong.
I remember when John Oliver did that episode about how there was a Nuclear site that was using computers so old they still required Floppy Disks. When you peel back the curtain what you find is often kind of scary. When you hear a city got hacked you kind of think these must have been some highly skilled hackers using sophisticated techniques. Wouldn't surprise me if the city's cyber defense wasn't as strong as one might think.
If unable to protect the technology up to standard, the you DON’T waste money prematurely investing in it. If your budget can only afford to maintain offline options then guess what, you choose the best one possible until you can afford the next step up. There is no rush to becoming 100% internet dependent & not every single computer in the office needs internet access in order to get the job done efficiently & properly.
Ransomeware attacks usually occurs from clicking on an email link or going to a questionable website. Hacking entails breaking into secure websites. The article talks about ransomeware attacks so I guess it was those government employees doing what they aren’t suppose to.
they're more worried about moving statues than computer security in New Orleans..
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