State OMV offices to stay closed Tuesday after ransomware attack

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BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33)(Fox44) – All Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle offices will remain closed Tuesday, despite an earlier report they would reopen.

On Facebook, Louisiana State Police posted an update from the OMV saying offices will stay closed as officials continue online restoration efforts.

ORIGINAL POST: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle offices are set to reopen following a ransomware attack Monday.

According to a Louisiana State Police Facebook post, all OMV offices will open their doors again at noon Tuesday. The post is part of a statement from Karen G. St. Germain, commissioner of the custodian of records for the OMV.

The delay is so all OMV and State Office of Technology Services can ensure all systems are operational ready for service.

The Division of Administration and Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday the cyber attacks were similar to those seen in local schools this past summer and other government entities.

Because of the attack, the OTS had to shut down state servers out of an “abundance of caution.” The decision affected state websites, emails, and online applications statewide.

State leaders say no ransom was paid and they don’t anticipate any data was lost.

Some state services and sites have returned to normal, while others are still working to come back online.

The OMV is asking the public to refrain from non-critical OMV tasks today as technicians continue to restore full service.

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