TX: Cyber thieves hit Gregg County for $200K

Glenn Evans reports:

An international cyber attack on the Gregg County Tax Assessor has cost at least seven taxing entities a total of about $200,000, officials said Monday. Other Texas counties could also be victims.

The cyber theft hijacked local tax payments from a daily electronic transfer, that day totaling $690,000, destined for schools and cities in what tax assessor/collector Kirk Shields described as the first such incident he’s seen in his 14 years leading the department. He spent Monday afternoon informing the entities how much each had lost.

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An employee who inadvertently unleashed the malware has been suspended for violating security policies.

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