Ransomware Attack Cripples at Least 20 Local Texas Agencies, State Government Says

The Texas Department of Information Resources announced that a coordinated ransomware attack in Texas took down 20 local government entities. Specifics were not disclosed as to which agencies or jurisdictions were affected, nor was information regarding the amount of the ransom. Ransomware attacks on cities have grown over the last couple of years, and Texas is definitely not the first to experience a ransomware attack. Regarding ransomware attacks in general, the FBI estimates that "more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have taken place every day since January 1, 2016, marking a 300-percent increase over the roughly 1,000 estimated daily attacks in 2015." Organizations are urged to ensure that response measures are documented and that employees are trained on how to react in the event of a ransomware compromise.

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