23 towns in Texas were hit by possibly the largest-ever ransomware attack

Nasty. Let’s see if they have effective backups in place…:

Twenty-three towns in Texas had their computer systems hacked and their data held hostage in a large-scale coordinated ransomware attack August 16, the Texas Department of Information Resourcessaid in a statement.

The attacker is holding the data in the towns’ computer systems for ransom. The attack was launched by a “one single threat actor,” the DIR said.

The alternative to paying the ransom would be for each town to restore from older data backups, but it’s unclear whether backups exist. It’s also unclear whether the towns had sufficient security measures in place to mitigate such an attack in the first place.


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