Kaufman City Hall recovering from ransomware attack

The City of Kaufman was one of over 20 Texas municipalities targeted in a ransomware attack last week, severely limiting its public services for days.

An investigation remains ongoing into a ransomware attack that left municipalities across Texas, including Kaufman, reeling from technological issues.

Early last week, Kaufman City Hall was hacked as part of an apparently coordinated ransomware attack on over 20 municipalities in the state. The attack affected most of the city hall’s technological systems, including its computers and phone lines, and hampered its ability to access data, process payments along with a plethora of other issues. Days later, the city staff was still scrambling to catch up.

As of press time, the origin of the attack remains unknown; however, it was significant enough to launch a national-level investigation. The institutions involved in the investigation include the FBI’s Cyber Division, the Texas Military Department, the Texas Public Utility Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Computer Information Technology and Electronic Crime Unit, the Texas Commission of Environmental Equality, the Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Unit, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Texas A&M University Systems Security Operations Center and Critical Response Team.

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