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‘Co-ordinated’ ransomware attack hits 23 Texas government organisations

The majority of the impacted entities are smaller local governments.


Officials say the attacks, which hit 23 agencies from the morning of August 16, appear to have been co-ordinated.

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) says evidence suggests the attacks came from one single source, and that all organisations affected or potentially impacted have been identified and notified. The State of Texas’ systems and networks have not been impacted.

Responders are actively working with these entities to bring their systems back online. A number of agencies are involved, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; Texas Military Department; Texas A&M University System’s Security Operations Center/Critical Incident Response Team; and Texas Department of Public Safety.


The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are also working on the incident, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Worrying trend

The ransomware attack follows a spate of recent local government hacks in Florida, New York, Louisiana, Baltimore and, last year, Atlanta.


Texas’ DIR did not expand on affected departments or any ransom demand.

Texas’ DIR did not expand on affected departments or any ransom demand.

The US Conference of Mayors recently passed a resolution calling on cities not to pay assailants after cyber-attacks.


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