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Texas ransomware latest: Don’t pay the $2.5m demanded, experts warn

In the latest in the Texas ransomware attack that has seen over 20 different local government entities targeted, hackers are now demanding an eye-watering $2.5m.

This ransom covers the attacks on all the impacted government agencies, which the Department of Information Resources (DIR) has now confirmed total 22, a revision from its previous number of 23.

However, even with so many affected, this amount represents a significant step up from previous ransomware attacks on local governments. In May, for example, the US city of Baltimore was asked to pay $100,000 to restore its local government servers, while Lake City, Florida, paid $500,000 in a similar attack in June.

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