Lafayette city officials announced they were hit with a ransomware attack on July 27th.
The attack disabled network services causing city emails, phones, online payments and reservation systems to be affected. A ransom of $45,000 was paid to retrieve the key and unlock the encrypted data.
A preliminary investigation shows the ransomware entered the city’s network through a phishing scam or brute force attack, and looks to be random.
See the city’s statement on the outage here.