COVID-19 Exploited by Malicious Cyber Actors (Louisiana State Police)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Louisiana State Police of Louisiana.
Multi Request COVID-19 Exploited by Malicious Cyber Actors


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to CISA Alert AA20-099A, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA, or the CDC alert titled "COVID-19-Related Phone Scams and Phishing Attacks"
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to COVID-19 related phishing attempts, such as those described in the CDC alert, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA and CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to fake CDC emails, such as those described in FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to APT groups using the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their cyber operations, such as those described in CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing, or generated as part of or in response to the assessment that the above activities' "goals and targets are consistent with long-standing priorities such as espionage and “hack-and-leak” operations", as described in CISA Alert AA20-099A

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

  • COVID-19-Related20Phone20Scams20and20Phishing20Attacks207C20CDC20Online20Newsroom207.pdf

  • COVID-1920Exploited20by20Malicious20Cyber20Actors207C20CISA.pdf

  • FBI20Sees20Rise20in20Fraud20Schemes20Related20to20the20Coronavirus20COVID-1920Pande.pdf

From: Louisiana State Police

Dear Ms. Best:

Your above referenced public records request has been forwarded to me for consideration and reply. Please be advised that we have begun the process of searching for documents responsive to your above referenced request.

Even though the search is ongoing, and documents of the agency are generally considered public records, the agency will avail itself of any statutory provision which either exempts or prohibits production of documents responsive to your request. These exemptions specifically include, but are not limited to, those contained in R.S. 44:3 and R.S. 44:4. The agency will also not release information which may be exempt from release due to an individual's right to privacy.

Please be advised that on March 16, 2020, updated April 2, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards issued Public Health Emergency Proclamation Number 30 JBE 2020. Section 5 of the proclamation provides for the suspension of all legal deadlines, effective March 17, 2020, until at least April 30, 2020. The suspension includes the legal deadlines contained in Title 44 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes related to the Louisiana Public Records Act. In accordance with R.S. 44:35(A), you are hereby notified that the estimated time reasonably necessary for collection, review, and any necessary redaction, of the documents which may be responsive to your request is forty five (45) days from the end of any executive order suspending legal deadlines.

Once the responsive documents are ready for your review, you will notified in order to arrange a date and time to view the documents. If you prefer to receive copies of the documents, you will be notified of the cost associated with copying the documents.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (225) 925-6103, or via email at

With kindest professional regards, I am, fdm

Faye Dysart Morrison
Assistant Secretary, DPS Office of Legal Affairs
7979 Independence Boulevard
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
P. O. Box 66614
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896
225-925-6103 (Office)
225-718-2691 (Cell)

From: Louisiana State Police

Good afternoon.

Please find correspondence relating to the above referenced public records request.

Thanks, Adrienne

Adrienne E. Aucoin
Attorney Supervisor
DPS/Office of Legal Affairs
P.O. Box 66614
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
Direct: 225.925.6177
Office Cell: 225.252.9444
Facsimile: 225.925.4624



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