OMV to remain closed Thursday

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) -All 79 Office of Motor Vehicle locations will remain closed on Thursday following a cyber attack.

A few government agencies shut down Monday after someone downloaded an unauthorized software containing a ransomware virus. These types of cyberattacks hold important, digital files hostage until a ransom is paid to the hacker. Governor John Bel Edwards said his office caught the virus in its early stages; state agencies only closed to prevent the virus from spreading any further.

The Office of Motor Vehicles is among one of the state agencies hit the hardest by the attack. Since Monday, officials have been working to reimage the computer systems, virtually wiping them clean of any traces of the ransomware.

Originally, officials said this process would conclude in time for reopening on Wednesday afternoon, but Wednesday evening the OMV sent out a press release stating that the OMV would remain closed another day.

Louisiana Cyber Security Commissioner, Jeff Moulton, said most of the systems are fully restored. He said it’ll be a matter of time before everything is ready to be reopened.

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