New Orleans cyberattack costing the city close to $1M so far

NEW ORLEANS – The city of New Orleans has launched a forensic investigation into the cyberattack that has crippled the city’s digital infrastructure for days.

Officials said the city was confident that it would be able to recover data that was lost after hackers infected roughly 4,000 city computers with ransomware. Though it was unclear when the data would be recoverable as about 50 volunteer state agents and government partners were expected on the ground to begin re-imaging information.

“Our agents are still collecting information and determining the root cause of our attack and whether or not any data has been compromised,” said Kim LaGrue, Chief Communication Officer for the city of New Orleans. “From what we know, we are confident that the data we have is recoverable.”