City of Austin claims to be targeted by cyberattacks

The city of Austin claims to be under attack from cyber attacks

FOX 7 Austin spoke to a cybersecurity expert about the recent cyberattacks that have plagued the nation.

In Austin, cyber hacks are currently being reported in the United States.

FOX 7 Austin spoke to Prescient Cyber ​​Security Specialist and Chief Information Security Officer Alexander White about the recent cyberattacks that have plagued the nation.

“A lot of information has been released, but for the most part, it’s too early to know,” White said. “Gone are the days when we thought of hackers as hobbyists sitting in their parents’ basement. This is clearly an operational-style attack where they had a whole plan and very detailed, deliberate, hardworking attacks for some time.” monitor In my professional opinion, this is a nation-state attack. “

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On Thursday, the city of Austin confirmed that they had been attacked by these hacks. A spokesperson released this statement:

“Austin is one of several communities that are working with federal agencies on this investigation. The city has had no loss of personal information and our critical systems have not been affected. This type of hacking attempt is increasing nationally. We keep working with ours Partners, including federal law enforcement agencies, are working together to monitor the situation and improve our security measures to accommodate this type of activity. “

Right now, White said it’s too early to say what exactly was hurt, if anything, but it’s never too late to be proactive.

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“I asked Austinites if you knew which third-party application you were sharing data with. Check all configuration settings not only for your computer, which usually starts and stops there, but also your mobile devices and any other device that connects to an external one Manufacture device. ” Network like your wireless router, “said White.

For businesses, White said those who use a third-party security company should really keep an eye on things like their data during this time.

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“If you don’t know what actions are being taken on your behalf, or what security alerts are being monitored on your behalf, you are just as vulnerable as some of the companies on the list are in the next few days,” White said.

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