Texas Hit by Ransomware

Published On August 20, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

The great State of Texas is being clobbered by a ransomware attack. According to state officials multiple local governments have been victimized by a coordinated ransomware attack launched on Friday morning.

Texas’ Department of Information Resources (DIR) based in Austin, issued a statement saying the attack hit at least 20 “Texas government entities.” DIR says it’s leading the state’s incident response efforts with the assistance of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, which was coordinating state agency support via the Texas State Operations Center.

In an updated statement released Saturday, DIR said the total count of minicipalities is 23. Swinging into action to assist the state are the Texas Military Department and the Texas A&M University System’s Cyberresponse and Security Operations Center teams. According to officials these organizations “are deploying resources to the most critically impacted jurisdictions.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s cyber division are also assisting with the response.

“At this time, the evidence gathered indicates the attacks came from one single threat actor. Investigations into the origin of this attack are ongoing; however, response and recovery are the priority at this time,” DIR said. “It appears all entities that were actually or potentially impacted have been identified and notified.” Systems and networks run by the state of Texas have not been disrupted, DIR says.

Breaking It Down

If you ever wondered what a failure of leadership looks like this is probably a good example. After numerous ransomware attacks across the nations to some major cities this continues to happen. These 23 so far unamed entities are following in the foot steps of Atlanta and Baltimore in the sense that they may have failed to plan for this type of attack desite having years of warning. Lets be clear, this is no longer a new phenomenon. For years companies and municipalities have been getting hit and paying precious tax dollars to get “unhit.” We can find that many local governments have excellent plans for handling a natural disaster or man made calamity. Why have they failed to plan for this type of threat? It can, and probaby will be, as costly as a flood or fire to a county building. The time has come for a national cyber security standard and response for cyber attacks that every town, county and city must meet. Your community needs disaster plans that include fire, earthquake, flood, criminal acts AND cyber attack.

See also; City of Atlanta Hit by Ransomware Attack, RobbinHood Malware Shuts Down Baltimore, Ransomware: Cities Keep Getting Sucker Punched!

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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