[BreachExchange] 4th Louisiana school district hit by cyberattack

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Thu Aug 1 10:15:28 EDT 2019


SHREVEPORT, La. - Another Louisiana school district was hit by a
recent cyberattack.

Tangipahoa Parish School System is the fourth parish compromised by
the attack, which was first discovered July 23.

Louisiana National Guard sources told KTBS-3 Tuesday that the threat
is ongoing and they were continuing to track it.  They were also
examining information technology infrastructure and helping school
district protect themselves from future attacks.

The governor’s task force on cyber security (Defense Cyber Operations
Element) met Monday with superintendents and IT managers from school
districts across the state to determine the best ways to help protect
them from further attacks.

The Louisiana Army and Air National Guard were sending teams of
information technology and cyber experts to the affected school
district across the state. The teams are generally eight to 16 people
and are both military and civilian. They are helping to isolate the
treat and train school officials on preventative measures.

Since the governor’s declaration last week, the state was also
employing the same system used during hurricane and flood emergencies
to deal with cyber issues.  It’s the first time they have done so for
a cyberattack.

The team was still evaluating the extent of the attacks saying it
comes in multiple waves. The Guard declined to say whether it is
domestic or foreign in natural. They say other states like Alabama
have been affected.

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