Some cities recovered from ransomware attack

Some cities recovered from ransomware attack

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San Francisco: At least 22 government agencies in the USA state of Texas have been hit by ransomware hackers in what appears to be a coordinated cyberattack.

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) first reported the outbreak on Friday, describing it as a "coordinated ransomware attack". Although they are not disclosing any information regarding the attacked places and what these culprits are demanding. The agency declined to share speculation on who might be responsible, citing an ongoing federal investigation. Sprehe did not say if any of the 23 towns had paid a ransom. This kind of attacks are not new and unfortunately, have increased in recent years. 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.

According to The Hill, the names of the local governments are not being released because of "security reasons".

Cybersecurity experts said the number of cities affected by the Texas attack far exceeds attention-grabbing hacks of individual systems owned by cities, counties and state agencies in recent years. The malicious software is often delivered through email attachments or links, and has cost cities across the country millions in damage to computer hardware.

Newsweek has reported that ransomware has become a preferred extortion method. Lake City and Riviera Beach paid out over one million dollars total to the attackers to release the data stored in the city systems.

Many other US cities have been targeted by ransomware attacks. Other cities like Baltimore, Newark and Atlanta. Some opted to pay the attackers, and others refused. Later investigations showed two Iranian men as the potential culprits. However, the authorities clarified that Texas network systems were not affected in the incident.

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