Convention Center hit with "ransomware" attack

"Inconvenienced" but not "negatively affected" center says

Chris Miller
January 17, 2020 - 6:51 pm

The Morial Convention Center in New Orleans says it was targeted with a cyber attack this week.

"In the evening hours of January 15, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s network was attacked with ransomware, similar to what recently has been experienced by other local governments and state agencies," the convention center announced. "Essentially, data on the Center’s network was rendered inaccessible throughout the facility."

Events going on at the center were "inconvenience, but have not been otherwise negatively affected." 

No personal employee data is known to have been compromised, but the convention center says the malware was a new variant that went undetected, "compromising data on all redundancies."

The convention center said it has a robust cyber insurance policy, and a claim has been filed.

Ransomware has been a growing problem for American governments, businesses, and other institutions. The software encrypts data files and leaves instructions on how to pay for it's decryption. The city of New Orleans is still dealing with the aftereffects of a ransomware attack that hit last fall. Are schools and hospitals have also recently been targeted with ransomware.

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