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If you feel like you’re hearing about more ransomware cyberattacks, it’s not your imagination.

The Colonial Pipeline, meat processor JBS, chemical distributor Brenntag, computer-maker Acer, automaker KIA and the Houston Rockets are just a few organizations hit by data hijackers so far this year.

Ransomware encrypts files and systems, rendering them unusable to the owner. The hackers then demand a ransom, usually in cryptocurrency, in exchange for releasing the data.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported 2,474 ransomware attacks in the U.S. in 2020, with losses totaling more than $29.1 million. This year is on pace to smash those numbers.

Ransomware is just a fraction of the ever-growing list of computer threats. Last year, the FBI fielded 791,790 internet crime complaints nationwide, a 69 percent increase from 2019. The attacks resulted in a loss of $4.1 billion.


In 2020, Texas had 38,640 reported victims of cyber crime, the third highest number in country following California and Florida.

With the National Security Agency’s Texas…

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