Ransomware attack affects at least 20 government entities in Texas

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AUSTIN (KXAN — A ransomware attack is affecting local governments across Texas. The Texas Department of Information Resources says the coordinated attack involves at least 20 government entities across the state.

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TDIR is working with the Texas Military Department and Texas A&M Cyber-Response and Security to deploy resources across the state to try to bring the affected systems back online.

The Department of Homeland Security says it’s seen a rise in ransomware attacks across the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid.

These types of cybersecurity attacks typically spread through phishing emails or by visiting infected websites.

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