Last year during Mardi Gras, a local parish’s sheriff’s department contacted the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) to ask for help. Its phone lines were being flooded with 200 calls per minute, leaving its 911 call center and dispatch unit unable to make or receive calls. Every time someone answered the phone, the callers demanded payment for a bogus debt….
With about 500 such attacks identified across the country, a national task force has since been created to aid victims and find those responsible. It’s just one of many cases that illustrate the value provided by the cyberprograms at state and regional fusion centers.
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