Ransomware attack affects Dallas police, court websites

The city of Dallas was hit with a ransomware attack that took down its computer systems.

Ransomware attack affects Dallas police, court websites

FILE – An American and Texas Flag fly at half-staff in front of the Dallas Police Department Headquarters, July 8, 2016 in Dallas. Officials announced Wednesday, May 3 2023 that a ransomware cyber attack had affected the websites of various Dallas departments, including the Police Department and Municipal Court.

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DALLAS, Texas (AP) - A computer ransomware was launched against the City Hall and Police Department websites on Wednesday. Some jury trials were also canceled.

The outage did not appear to impact 911 calls. The outage did affect a computer-assisted system used by Dallas Fire-Rescue to assist firefighters in responding to emergency calls.

Dallas Morning News.

Evans stated that 'DFR is currently running manual dispatch operations' since the early hours of this morning.

Hackers hold a computer or computer system as hostage, encrypting the files and demanding payment. This is often done via bitcoin. Ransomware is a threat to individuals, companies and governments.

The city issued a statement saying that the attack only had a limited effect on the delivery of services.

The statement read: 'The City Team, along with vendors, is actively working to isolate ransomware in order to prevent its spreading, to remove ransomware from servers that are infected, and to restore services that have been affected.'

The city did not provide any details about the incident or indicate if there were actual financial demands.

Officials said that the websites of the Police Department and City Hall were down on Wednesday afternoon. The Municipal Court also posted an announcement to its website that the jury trials were cancelled for the day.