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Central Texas sheriff's office targeted in statewide ransomware attack
Lampasas, Texas

(KWTX) The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office was among the more than 20 local entities targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack in Texas that also hit the City of Lampasas.

Sheriff Gerald Yezak described the impact as minimal and said the department’s computers never locked up.

The City of Lampasas acknowledged earlier this week that it was also targeted.

“The City of Lampasas Information Technology Department was quickly able to have the city transition into recovery mode, full recovery is priority at this time,” Assistant City Manager Gary Cox said in a statement Wednesday.

“Based on forensic investigation, it was determined that no customer payment or personal information held by the City of Lampasas was compromised in this attack.”

"Due to this being an on-going federal criminal investigation, we are not able to provide additional information about the attack at this time," he said.

The Texas Department of Information Resources says it believes a single source is behind all 23 of the attacks.

It didn't name the affected agencies or provide details about the attacker's demands.

The attacks were reported on Friday morning and in response the State Operations Center was activated.

“Investigations into the origin of this attack are ongoing; however, response and recovery are the priority at this time,” the information resources department said in a press release.

“Responders are actively working with these entities to bring their systems back online.”

Cities around the country have been targeted by ransomware attacks in recent years, including Atlanta and Baltimore, where city officials refused a demand for $76,000 in bitcoin to restore access to its computer network.

Several Florida cities in June paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers who took over their computer operations.

Texas officials haven't said whether any of the affected agencies have paid a ransom.

The department's statement says the FBI and other federal agencies are involved.