Towns Across Texas Hit in Coordinated Ransomware Attack

Towns Across Texas Hit in Coordinated Ransomware Attack
The state government and cybersecurity groups have mobilized to respond to a mass ransomware attack that simultaneously hit 23 different towns statewide.

The state of Texas has been hit with a rare coordinated ransomware attack that disrupted systems of 23 different local governments.


The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) issued a statewide alert on Aug. 16 warning towns and cities across the state about the attack campaign. The attack hit Friday morning and appears to be the work of a single threat actor, the DIR said in a statement on Aug. 17. Later that day, Texas government officials activated a multi-organizational task force, including the Department of Information Resources (DIR), the Texas A&M University System's Security Operations Center (SOC), the Texas Department of Public Safety, and emergency and military responders.


By Saturday, all affected entities had been notified and the DIR ..