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Alarm in Texas as 23 towns hit by ransomware attack

  • Twenty-three Texas towns have been struck by a “coordinated” ransomware attack, according to the state’s Department of Information Resources.
  • According to a weekend update by the deparment, the attacks started Friday morning and though the locations aren’t named, “The majority of these entities were smaller local governments.”
  • The attacks come after state and local ransomware attacks in New York, Louisiana, Maryland and Florida resulted in the loss of significant sums.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, often delivered via email, that locks up an organization’s systems until a ransom is paid or files are recovered by other means. In many cases, ransomware significantly damages computer hardware and linked machinery and leads to days or weeks with systems offline, which is why it can be so costly to cities.

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