Louisiana Motor Vehicles Offices Reopening After Cyberattack

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Eight regional locations for Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles have reopened after a cyberattack crippled agency operations last week.

Other branch locations will resume operations after technical staff ensures the computer systems are functioning properly.

The regional offices that opened Monday are in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Monroe, Lafayette and Thibodaux.

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State officials asked people to delay their visits unless they have time-sensitive business. Long lines were expected, since motor vehicles offices have been shuttered for a week.

The ransomware attack damaged 10% of Louisiana’s computer servers for state government. But officials say no data was lost and no ransom was paid.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency declaration Friday to ensure that people and businesses don’t face fines or penalties because of the cyberattack.

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