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Ransomware Attack Strikes Large Appraisal District

The second-largest county's property search website was offline Friday.

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The Dallas Central Appraisal District’s (DCAD) systems are down as the result of a ransomware attack, the office said.

DCAD, which is responsible for appraising property in Dallas County for tax purposes, said the office became aware of the attack early Tuesday. As a result, its computer system, servers, email and website are down.

Spokeswoman Cheryl Jordan said Friday that there were no updates on the status of the attack. The page couldn't be reached as of 4 p.m. that day.

“We are working around the clock,” she said.

She confirmed the office has no timeline on when the situation will be resolved, but she expected it to last through the weekend.

The agency said it is working with IT security and federal authorities to resolve the situation.

“We have followed the advice of authorities and have not contacted the perpetrator(s),” DCAD wrote in a Facebook post.

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