OMV still affected by ransomware attack

Two weeks on and not all locations have reopened, or recovered

Thomas Perumean
December 03, 2019 - 10:14 am
OMV still effected by ransomware attack

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Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles is still operating at a limited capacity two weeks after a ransomware attack took all state computers offline to be scrubbed of the invasive malware.  

Division of Administration spokesperson Jacques Berry says they’ve managed to get 54 of the 79 OMV stations online, and if you’re interested in knowing which locations are operational, go online for a full list at Expresslane.org.

Berry says just because your local OMV office is open, doesn’t mean it’s full service yet. He says Expresslane.org will tell you what services your local station is offering.

“Most of them can do motor vehicle registration and renewals, and not all of them can do drivers license renewals, but many of them can,” says Berry.

Over a thousand workstations were impacted by the attack across all state agencies.

Berry says they’ve had teams working around the clock, including every day last week except for Thanksgiving, to get the systems back online. The problem is the OMV has old tech.

“They have a legacy system that was scheduled to be upgraded anyway,” says Berry.

No timeline has been set for when all offices will be back up and running with full service.

State Police say they continue to use discretion when it comes to writing tickets for those driving on recently expired driver’s licenses.

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