Ransomware attack paralyzes 23 computer systems in Texas

Ransomware attack paralyzes 23 computer systems in Texas

Ransomware attack paralyzes 23 computer systems in Texas

According to an official news release from the state's Department of Information Resources, the attacks were first noticed on August 19, which immediately caused the State Operations Center to mobilize in response. One "threat actor" is believed to be behind all the attacks.

As is the nature of ransomware, the attacker is holding the data in the towns' computer systems for ransom.

Investigations on the ransomware invasions are still ongoing, led by the DIR with the assistance of the State Operations Center.

The Texas state government declined to name what strain of ransomware it is or to name the victims, save to say that "the majority of these entities were smaller local governments".

Texas and federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, are working with the affected cities to try and restore their access.

Resources were deployed Friday to the most critically impacted jurisdictions, and the DIR said it was committed to providing the resources needed to bring the affected towns back online. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 1,400 ransomware attacks were reported previous year and victims reported paying $3.6 million to hackers. And "Be aware of malicious actors attempting to impersonate legitimate staff, and check the email sender name against the sender's email address".

It's a cyberattack that's becoming more and more common, especially in 2019.

While attacks on individual consumers may be down, businesses and organizations are getting hit much more frequently.

Also in June, city leaders in Riviera Beach, Fla. and Lake City, Fla., agreed to pay hackers $600,000 and $460,000, respectively, of ransom in hopes of having their systems restored.

Local government bodies are coming under increasing attack in the United States, with cyber-criminals betting correctly that poor security practices and under-funding have left them particularly exposed to ransomware. Last year around fourteen thousand cases of ransomware were reported last year. In contrast, consumer detections of ransomware dropped 12 percent every year and 25 percent every quarter.

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