At least 20 local governments in Texas hit by ransomware attack

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - A ransomware attack has impacted at least 20 government entities in Texas, according to the Department of Information Resources. 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management is assisting into the investigation by coordinating state agency support through the Texas State Operations Center, officials said. 

Resources are being deployed to the most critically impacted jurisdictions by the DIR, the Texas Military Department, and the Texas A&M University System’s Cyberresponse and Security Operations Center. 

Those impacted are advised to contact their local TDEM Disaster District Coordinator. DIR said it is dedicated to respond quickly to this attack and provide the necessary resources to bring these entities back online.

The city of Houston released the following statement:

"The city of Houston is aware that a ransomware attack has affected several local government agencies throughout Texas.

"We are in contact with the Texas State Operations Center and will monitor the latest developments. As far as we know, Houston has not been affected.

"The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and the IT Services Department will continue to proactively work to secure and protect the city’s assets.”

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