Ransomware, Threat Management, Critical Infrastructure Security

Royal ransomware attack recovery in Dallas to take weeks

Officials in the City of Dallas said that more weeks are needed to fully restore the operations of its police, court, fire department, and critical infrastructure systems disrupted by a Royal ransomware attack earlier this month, reports The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. Some of the city's dispatch systems have already been restored following backlash from police officers and firefighters, who reported struggles in addressing reported incidents due to the attack but all court hearings and trials remain to be suspended. Meanwhile, Dallas Water Utilities had its payment systems and meter reading software online on May 11, but public library computers continue to not be operational. "There is still no indication data from residents, vendors or employees has been leaked. Given the complexity of checking, cleaning, and restoring interoperability to remaining departmental devices, systems, and applications, it will likely take weeks to get back to full functionality," said officials.

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