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Texas local authorities recovering from mass ransomware hit

September 09, 2019 / Juha Saarinen

Local governments in Texas say they are on the mend after a large-scale coordinated devastating ransomware attack that hit 23 municipal agencies in the American state. Around August 16, United States time, malicous software was disseminated through an unnamed managed services provider that was compromised. In an update, the Texas Department of Information Resources, said that two weeks later, more than half of the local governments have recovered from the ransomware attack. The ransomware attack caused widespread disruption in the state of Texas. One local authority, the city of Borger, said it could not process payments for any services after the ransomware attack. Other local governments also had to tell their constituents that services were disrupted and had to be performed manually. US media reported that the ransomware extortionists sought US$2.5 million.