City of Dallas to Pay $8.5 Million in Expenses Due to Ransomware Attack

DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF News ) – The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved paying more than $8.5 million dollars in expenses after more than 26,000 people were impacted in a ransomware attack on the city’s computer network.

A data security breach report on the Texas Attorney General’s website shows the City of Dallas became aware of the attack on May 3.

The city revealed earlier this month that an unauthorized third party downloaded city data and accessed servers for almost a month between April 7 and May 4.

The city confirmed in mid June that the attackers obtained access to the personal data to include names, addresses, social security numbers, medial and health insurance information.

The cost will pay for hardware/equipment, temporary staff augmentation, support services and licenses/subscriptions.

As the investigation into the attack continues, officials are sending notice letters to city employees, retirees and their dependents and any others who may have been victimized.

The city outlined what it is doing for potential victims in a statement on its website that read in part:

“Although the City is not aware of any identity theft or fraud resulting from this incident, it will provide involved individuals a complimentary two-year membership in Equifax Complete Premier. Equifax Complete Premier is completely free to you and enrolling in this program will not hurt your credit score.”

Click here to read the full statement.

Officials are urging those who may have been affected to check their financial statements and credit reports regularly to spot any fraudulent or irregular activities.

Anyone who feels they may have been a victim of the attack but have not received a notice letter by August 25 is urged to call 833-627-2708 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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