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Attackers Demand Millions in Texas Ransomware Incident

August 22, 2019

The cybercriminals behind the recent ransomware incident that impacted over 20 local governments in Texas are apparently demanding $2.5 million in exchange for access to encrypted data.

The incident took place on August 16, when 23 towns in Texas revealed they were targeted in a coordinated attack to infect their systems with ransomware. The State Operations Center (SOC) was activated soon after and all of the impacted entities were quickly identified.

Although it initially said that 23 local governments appeared affected, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has since revealed that only 22 towns suffered following the attack. Responders have engaged with all of them to assess the impact of the attack.

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