Bexar County Appraisal District in ‘recovery mode’ after cyberattack | #malware | #ransomware

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The Bexar Appraisal District was struck by a ransomware attack this week, but the district said its website and online portal are safe to use.

Jerry Lara /San Antonio Express-News

The Bexar County Appraisal District was struck by a ransomware attack Sunday, but its website and online portal were not affected and are safe for the public to use, the agency said Monday.

The district, which assesses property values of homes and businesses throughout the county, posted a news release on its home page, stating the cyberattack occurred about 10 a.m. Sunday. Mitigation efforts began once the attack was detected a short time later.

“The FBI has been notified and the district’s staff has been working to restore full functionality of all systems,” the release stated.

Computer forensic checks revealed the district’s systems were partially affected. Damaged files were being restored Monday. The property records database was not encrypted from the attack.

“At this time, we are still in recovery mode and full assessments are ongoing. We are working to restore functionality as fast as possible; however, it may take a couple of days to restore full functionality,” the district said.

The deadline for property owners to protest an annual assessed value is May 15, or 30 days after an assessment notice is sent to the owner — whichever is later, according to the Bexar County website.

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