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Travis County appraisal district restored after ransomware attack | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


A week after falling victim to a ransomware attack, the Travis Central Appraisal District has been able to fully restore its customer service operations, agency officials said Monday.

The appraisal district’s office was hit with a Royal ransomware attack that shut down its phone lines and an online chat system. It was not clear whether a specific ransom demand was made because the agency refused to communicate with the hacker, said Cynthia Martinez, a spokesperson for the appraisal district. Ransomware typically refers to software that blocks access to a network or a system or causes some other type of problem.

The Travis Central Appraisal District provides appraisal values for all properties in Travis County. An appraisal value determines how much a home is worth, which is then used to calculate property tax bills.   

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