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Louisiana sheriff's office: Data wasn't hurt in cyberattack

Cyberattack on New Orleans city computers called ‘minimal’
Posted at 4:10 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 17:10:29-05

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana sheriff's office that suffered a cyberattack over the weekend says it doesn't believe any of its data was compromised or lost during the attempts to hack into its systems.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office issued a statement about the hacking attempts Monday, according to The Alexandria Town Talk. Several of its website's pages were still down as of Tuesday morning. Sheriff William Earl Hilton said the office had turned to operating its booking system and continuing other processes on paper.

Hilton was alerted Friday that three parishes were being targeted by hackers, he said. That threat passed, but he was notified about another attempt Sunday, he said. The office then took its systems offline to check for possible breaches. It's unclear when the systems will be back online.

This cyberattack comes after an attack in New Orleans that shut down city government computers. It's unclear if the attacks are related.