TxDOT hit with ransomware

Not great.

Texas’ transportation agency has become the second part of the state government to be hit by a ransomware attack in recent days.

On Thursday, someone hacked into the Texas Department of Transportation’s network in a “ransomware event,” according to a statement the department posted on social media Friday.

The departments’ website says some features are unavailable due to technical difficulties, but it is not clear what functions were affected by the attack. Agency officials did not respond to emailed questions Sunday.


Upon detecting the hack, staff at the transportation department “immediately” isolated the affected parts of the network and “shut down further unauthorized access,” according to the statement. James Bass, the department’s executive director, said his staff is “working to ensure critical operations continue during this interruption.″ The hacks follow a ransomware attack of unprecedented size that hit more than 20 local governments in Texas last summer.

See here for more on the attack on the court system’s website. In 2019, there was a coordinated attack on the systems of multiple small cities and counties.

I can’t find much in the way of news on this, so here’s TxDOT’s statement, via Twitter:

Maybe these two attacks are unconnected – there’s not enough information, such as what type of ransomware was involved and what the vector for it was, for me to take a guess – but the fact that there were two such attacks in a short period of time on two state systems sure seems suspicious to me. If I were at the state Department of Information Resources, I would be very busy, and more than a little concerned, right now. KXAN, CBS DFW, and Bleeping Computer have more.

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5 Responses to TxDOT hit with ransomware

  1. Jason Hochman says:

    They should get Lifelock with Norton.

  2. C.L. says:


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  4. Bill Daniels says:

    I don’t understand how we have the ability to spy on American citizens and foreigners all over the world at will, and yet, can’t figure out who is doing this scamming. It’s most probably coming from overseas. Figure out who is doing it and lob a cruise or drone strike at the perpetrators. Whatever we used to hit General Salami would be fine. We can kill their whole family as far as I’m concerned. We need to make examples of people who do this kind of thing. I’d also like to see us drone strike those damn Indian scam call centers. I’m sure Modi would go along with that. Blow up a half dozen, and I guarantee the problem will stop.

  5. C.L. says:

    I thought spying on our own citizens (and foreigners) was bad….now it’s a good thing if we use it to catch Ransomware perps ?

    “Most probably”

    Crazy times.

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