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Attackers demand $2.5 million for Texas Ransomeware




The cybercriminals who attacked multiple Texas local governments with file-encrypting malware via compromising service provider's network.

The attackers demanded a ransom of $2.5 million for decrypting the entire local government files, the mayor of a municipality says.

The Department of Information Resources (DIR) has announced that a total of 22 victims has been established, while all of them were attacked by a single party.

However, the names of all the victim municipalities have not been disclosed, whereas two municipalities have announced the hit publicly.

In a statement released by the city of Borger, "Based on the current state of the forensic investigation, it appears that no customer credit card or other personal information on the City of Borger’s systems have been compromised in this attack. No further information about the origins of the attack will be released until the completion of the investigation,"

Keene is another city affected by this ransomware attack. Both of the administration right now can not process card payments or utility disconnections.

The city will inform its citizen as soon as they restart business and financial services, press release. 

State of Texas Hit By a Ransomware Attack; 23 Agencies Shut Down!





The state of Texas got hit recently by a cyber-attack as a result of which 23 government agencies were taken down offline.

Per the DIR (Department of Information Resources) of Texas most of the aggrieved parties were small local government agencies which are unnamed so far.

The Texas state networks however are still unharmed. The State Operations center of the state has been rigorously working towards the problem.

Sources mention that all the state and federal agencies handling the case hint at the fact that the attack was coordinated by a single actor.

The attack has been categorized as a sure shot ransomware attack. Per sources in it was a stain which was identified as “Nemucod”.

The aforemetioned ransomware generally “encrypts files and then at the end adds the .JSE extension”, a researcher mentioned.

Allegedly, the US have been the target for a lot of cyber-attacks of late. With an apparent total of 53% of the entire global number, the US have been victimized the most by cyber-attacks.

A state emergency was declared on Louisiana in July this year in response to a ransomware attack on school computer systems.

The situation is very critical from the point of cyber-security as municipalities falling prey to such attacks and ransomware in particular is not a good sign at all.

Mass scale attacks and their increase in number are disconcerting on so many levels. Because threat actors willing to put so many efforts, like the researchers like to say, are numerous.