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Tarrant County

A Romanian-based hacking group, Medusa, attacked TAD’s computer system in March and posted information from it on the dark web this month. Documents published by Medusa show tax exemption applications and employee files.
Ransomed information has made it to the dark web, where hacking group Medusa published TAD documents including tax exemption applications and employee information.
Tarrant Appraisal District officials released the numbers via a written statement.
The entity that manages property records in a county with 2.1 million-plus residents is inclined not to pay the $700,000 ransom.
The district has hired a cybersecurity attorney who spoke Monday during an emergency meeting.
The chief appraiser offered few details about the incident but said he believes no sensitive data has been affected.
The district hired the firm Improving, based in Dallas, to redesign the site after its previous redesign crashed during the tax protest period.
In April 2023, the county signed an annual contract with KNOWiNK, an election software company, for its electronic poll book system, commissioner court records show.
Council officials have backed a proposal to create a regional technology corridor stretching from Dallas to Fort Worth.
Multiple media outlets reported a security breach at Raptor Technologies, which serves some 50,000 schools across the country.
A potential breach in 2022 led to the investigation as well as leadership changes.
André Mendes announced that he will begin his role as the county CIO on Jan. 2.
One county has created a CTO position; the other continues to be down a CIO but has advertised for an assistant director.
Cal Wood was let go after he was recorded talking about creating a “false narrative” about the district’s faulty website launch and surrounding issues.
The commissioners court voted not to audit the much-criticized TechShare.Courts software that recently launched.
The costs of TechShare.Courts have mounted amid a 12-year saga, and now an elected official is calling for an audit.
The county seeks a vendor to provide GIS and other services that will enable county preservation, document sites and engage the public and history-related organizations.
TechShare.Court software has been in development for years and has yet to be launched; the county has spent more than $26.6 million on the effort and will spend more.
A feasibility study has been authorized; however, it doesn’t guarantee a new building, said one commissioner.
The new system would serve as an organizational tool for nine agencies.
The agreement includes management of electronic voter registration and election management for some 1.2 million registered voters.
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