Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that as many as 10,000 attempted attacks per minute from Iran have been detected over the past two days on state agency networks.
According to a news report, during a a meeting of the Domestic Terrorism Task Force, Abbott pointed to a cyberattack last year that involved dozens of local governments in Texas and highlighted the importance of public and private sector implementing “good cyber hygiene” practices.
Underlining how Texan citizens need to be stay alert to the potential for cyber terrorism initiatives coming out of the Middle East state, governor Greg Abbott drew urgency from recent events that have only served to push US-Iranian tensions to new highs.
“This is something that everybody in the state of Texas needs to be concerned [about], prepared [for] and be able to address,” Abbott said this week during the meeting of the Domestic Terrorism Task Force, a team he created in the wake of 2019’s anti-Hispanic horrific mass shooting in El Paso.
“I think it’s very important that everybody be particularly vigilant about what may happen out of Iran,” he added.
The Texas Department of Information and the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), Amanda Crawford, issued a statement, following Gov. Abbott’s meeting. They observed an increase in network activity from outside the United States, including Iran, and echoed Mr Abbott’s urgency.
“As global threats to cybersecurity increase, we urge Texans to be vigilant and use heightened awareness as they conduct Internet activity,” they said.
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