Rise in attempted cyber attacks threatening Texas

Rise in attempted cyber attacks threatening Texas

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Texas has seen a rise in attempted cyber attacks and Governor Abbot blames Iran. 

"Generally they're looking for weaknesses. Generally what happens with attacks is they're going to try to see vulnerable sides," CIO & Vice President for I.T. at Texas Tech Sam Sangran said.

The Texas Department of Information Resources claims there have been as many as 10,000 attempted attacks per minute from Iran over the last week.

"Generally what happens with attacks is they're going to try to see vulnerable sides," Sangran said.

There are ways you can protect yourself through cyber hygiene by shutting off what you don't need or use, making sure your systems are up to date, changing your default passwords and backing up what is valuable to you in case you do lose it.

Sam Sagran, the CIO and Vice President for I.T. at Tech said knowing who you're friends with on your social media accounts can help keep you out of harms way.

"People tend to be part of your 'friends' group and some of those people could be the ones that are either trying to mine information from you or trying to get you to redistribute information they want to get it into other people's hands to make them more vulnerable," Sagran said.

But, he said Iranian hackers may not be coming for you.

"Iran is really going to go after major government systems, military systems, things that are value to them or things that makes sense to them," Sagran said.

Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said it's about being proactive.

"It's one of those things that you want to do everything you can to stop the attacks before they happen," Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said.

Although these attacks happen every day, the County is working to shield against threats.

"I meet almost daily talking about where we are at, what threats are out there and how we are preventing them," Parrish said.

Sagran said don't become part of the problem by continuing to spread bad information.

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