Texas County Sheriff’s Office Suffers Ransomware Attack

Hackers attacked the Sheriff’s Office for Cooke County, Texas, over the weekend, apparently stealing some of the law enforcement agency’s data in the process.

Statements made in online message boards seem to suggest that the hackers stole potentially sensitive data which included “information related to both past and ongoing [police] cases,” said Brett Callow, threat analyst with Emsisoft. The Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment.

County spokesperson Cathy Lloyd said that she had been made aware of the ransomware incident over the weekend, but could not provide any further information. County officials have so far not confirmed that data was stolen, nor commented on the nature of the ransom.