It seems like not a day goes by after a major aggregation being hacked or a government-run academy apparent to ransomware attacks.

Now, state agencies in Texas have succumbed to a accommodating ransomware attack that has impacted at least 23 local government entities across the state.

The Texas Department of Advice Assets (DIR), which is arch the acknowledgment and analysis into the incident, said the attacks started in the morning on August 16.

Origins Unknown

“The majority of these entities were abate local governments,” the DIR said, adding affirmation acicular to “one single threat actor.”

The origin of the attacks is still unknown, nor were capacity of the afflicted entities. But ZDNet, commendation a local source, said the ransomware encrypted the files and added a “.JSE” addendum at the end.

“Currently, DIR, the Texas Military Department, and the Texas A&M University System’s Cyberresponse and Aegis Operations Center teams are deploying assets to the most alarmingly impacted jurisdictions,” the DIR said.

The continuing wave of ransomware attacks

The development comes as several US cities have been bedridden by a wave of ransomware attacks, with infections arch agencies to spend hundreds of bags of dollars to balance access to systems.

While one hopes there is a proper backup system and an able adventure acknowledgment plan in place, the continuing attacks reflects on the agencies‘ poor aegis posture, thereby making them a advantageous target.

Statistics from Malwarebytes appear early this month show that ransomware detections are more alive from customer targets to businesses and governments, suggesting threat actors are ambience their sights on public and clandestine organizations that are ill-prepared to handle such attacks.

Ransomware detections adjoin businesses in the second division of 2019 rose by a whopping 363 percent year over year, while customer detections of ransomware beneath by 12 percent year over year and 25 percent division over quarter, the report said.

Regardless of the type of victim and the region affected, ransomware remains at the top of the list of agenda threats for businesses. As long as companies abide to pay to get their data restored, “digital kidnapping” of admired data will be a sound business model for cybercriminals, incentivizing them to mount new attacks.

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