TAD to hold emergency meeting Monday to address ransomware attack

dfwnewsa | March 22, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News

TAD to hold emergency meeting Monday to address ransomware attack

Tarrant Appraisal District chair Vince Puente and board member Rich DeOtte talk during a Sept. 18, 2023 board meeting. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
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The Tarrant Appraisal District will hold an emergency board meeting March 25 after a criminal ransomware attack disrupted the agency’s network March 21, causing the website to crash. 

The district has taken steps to secure the network and is working with cybersecurity experts to investigate, respond and restore the network, it said in a press release. 

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The incident was reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Department of Information Resources. 

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The website is now live again, but emails and phone lines remain down. 

This is the second criminal ransomware attack on the appraisal district’s website. In October 2022, a security breach potentially exposed sensitive taxpayer information. However, the final report found that data was not stolen. 

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