Twenty-two cities in Texas suffered what was considered "the largest ransomware attack" in the United States. On Tuesday (20), the government that was limiting the disclosure of information released a more complete opinion of the situation. The organization explained that only local governments were affected, ie, according to representatives, there was no impact on state systems and networks.
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In short, a ransomware attack is a hacker attack where high-profile data is hijacked and the cybercriminal demands a ransom payment, usually in bitcoins, to release it. Cases like this usually involve governments and large companies.
The attack took place last Friday (16) and investigations, which are still underway at federal level, point to a single author. In a statement published on the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) website, the government stated that the number of affected entities was 22. The first officially released amount was 25. However, in the US press, vehicles release information. mismatched and this is one of the most varied data in the coverage of the case.
Twenty-two Texas cities suffered a ransomware attack last Friday, August 19 Photo: Disclosure / Bully Hunters
According to Business Insider, the hacker responsible for the attack would have hijacked the information contained in city computer systems and called for ransom. As an alternative to payment, the report continues, the cybercriminal demanded that the older data backups be restored. The Texas government, however, did not say whether the maneuver would be possible. Nor did it comment on the security measures available before the attack, or on the closure of the case.
In short, it is unknown how and if all the data has been recovered. The DIR also did not disclose which cities or departments were impacted, whether services were affected or how much was required as a ransom. In addition, government officials refuse to comment on the issue with the press, following the notes posted on the site.
In an interview with The New York Times, cyber security analyst Allan Liska said the Texas ransomware attack was the largest so far. He further said that this was possibly the first time he saw such a coordinated attack.
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