Ransomware attack hits more than 20 Texas local governments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say more than 20 local governments are facing a coordinated ransomware attack.

The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement Saturday that it believes a single source is behind all 23 of the attacks. It didn’t name the affected agencies or provide details about the attacker’s demands.

Cities around the country have been targeted by ransomware attacks in recent years, including Atlanta and Baltimore, where city officials refused a demand for $76,000 in bitcoin to restore access to its computer network.

Several Florida cities in June paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers who took over their computer operations.

Texas officials haven’t said whether any of the affected agencies have paid a ransom. The department’s statement says the FBI and other federal agencies are involved.

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