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Texas Courts Shut, Rulings Announced On Twitter

Hackers continue targeting state and local government offices across the country.

Texas appellate and high courts were shut down after a ransomware attack last week. The court's website and case management were hit in the attack.

"The hack left Texas' top civil and criminal courts without a working case management system or internet in their offices and led staff to put out rulings over Twitter." -Blake Hawthorne, administrator of the Supreme Court of Texas

Rulings were announced over Twitter?!

The hack follows a ransomware attack of unprecedented size that hit more than 20 local governments in Texas last summer.

In response to these attacks (like this one), Texas passed HB 3834 in June of last year to enhance government network security. (See more here).

HB 3834 mandates Security Awareness Training for all Texas government employees and contractors. The deadline for this training is June 14 (details here).

Why do government attacks keep happening?
In short, cyber criminals focus on the softest targets. This is no fault of the government employees. They're typically working with outdated machines and software.

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Original article here.
[https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/texas-high-courts-hit-ransomware-attack-refuse-pay-70646830]

Joel Cahill

Cyber security enthusiast. Entrepreneur.