Alarm in Texas as 23 towns hit by “coordinated” ransomware attack

Twenty-three Texas towns, the majority of which were smaller local governments, were struck by a “coordinated” ransomware attack.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, often delivered by email, that locks up an organization’s systems until a ransom is paid or files are recovered by another means. In many cases, the ransomware significantly damages computer hardware and linked machinery and can lead to days or weeks with systems offline.

State and local agencies assisted with the response with the Texas governor deploying cybersecurity experts to affected areas to assess damages and bring the local entities online. It was determined that the attack was initiated by a single entity, though they could not determine who was responsible.

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