Some Systems to be Restored After New Orleans Cyberattack

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About three weeks after a cyberattack on New Orleans city computers forced a shutdown, an official says some systems are ready to go back online.

Public safety tools including the court system are scheduled to be up and running on Monday, city chief information officer Kim Walker LaGrue told news outlets Thursday.

More than 3,400 city computers were online Dec. 13 when ransomware was detected. Over 2,600 of those computers have since been cleaned and are ready to go back on the city’s network, LaGrue said.

“We can say that our data is recoverable because our backup systems were functioning, and we have been able to get to those backup systems and bring data back online,” she said.

City officials haven’t said who was behind the cyberattack. The city has submitted evidence to the FBI, which is investigating, LaGrue said.

Other systems are expected to be available again by the end of January. Those include an online network residents can use to pay property taxes.

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