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Sul Ross University – Rio Grande College attacked by Ransomware

Sul Ross University Rio Grande College was hit with a Ransomware attack on Monday, June 24, 2019.

The university was maliciously attacked with malware and is currently trying to address the situation.

Sul Ross State University President Bill Kibler issued out a statement on the cyber- attack on Monday June 24 at approximately 2:15 pm.

“Sul Ross State University experienced a malware attack on our system. Please be assured that information was not compromised and we are taking appropriate steps as we continue to assess the situation. We have begun implementing emergency response plans. The university will remain open and classes will continue. Summer classes have not been canceled. Students should “stay tuned” for information on how to access Blackboard services. Students are further encouraged to call their professors for questions about class assignments and grades,” stated Kibler.

“We continue to discuss priority actions and will keep our campus communities updated as we learn more. Our number one priority is to ensure that we remain operational and business continues.”

.Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College addressed the issue through a post online. “All services are down until further notice. Do not attempt to use any tech services at this time. We continue to work with state and federal agencies on the ransomware issues. No ETA on a fix but it could take several days. We will keep you all informed. This does include Blackboard.”

Ransomware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim’s computer is locked, typically by encryption, and payment is demanded before the ransomed data is decrypted and access is returned to the victim. The motive for ransomware attacks is nearly always monetary, and unlike other types of attacks, the victim is usually notified that an exploit has occurred and is given instructions for how to recover from the attack. Payment is often demanded in a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin so that the cybercriminal’s identity is not known.

Ransomware malware can be spread through malicious email attachments, infected software apps, infected external storage devices, The City of Del Rio was attacked in the same manner several months ago.

Kinney County Law Enforcement involved in high speed chase

Law enforcement officials from Kinney County were involved in a high speed chase which resulted in the death of an undocumented immigrant and injury of several others.

The tragic incident is reported to have occurred at approximately 11:00 pm on Friday June, 21, 2019 on a rural road near the town of Brackettville, Texas in Kinney County.

Law enforcement officials report that a traffic stop on a truck was initiated due to a discrepancy on its license plates. The driver of the truck did not comply and proceeded to lead law enforcement officers on a high speed chase.

The pursuit ended when the suspect’s vehicle violently veered of the road and crashed.

There were A total of 9 migrants being transported in the pickup truck and two U.S. citizens.

Ironically, this accident occurred almost a year to the day from a similar tragedy in Dimmit County.

Back in June 2018 a Suburban carrying Mexican migrants involved in a police chase overturned near Big Wells and 5 people died lost their lives.

An 18-year-old Eagle Pass resident is detained in Del Río waiting to be sentenced for this tragic incident.

Border Patrol Agents Arrest Pregnant Smuggler Accompanied By Her Two Minor Children

PRESS RELEASE

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station arrested a United States citizen for attempting to smuggle two undocumented immigrants through a Border Patrol checkpoint.

“The involvement of children in illicit and felonious activities makes this event more dangerous and egregious,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “We will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate and criminally prosecute anyone involved in human smuggling in the Del Rio Sector.”

On June 17, Eagle Pass South agents assigned to checkpoint operations conducted an immigration inspection of a 2008 Mazda CX-9 and discovered two undocumented Mexican nationals hidden in the rear cargo area. The smuggler, an 8-months-pregnant 24-year-old United States citizen accompanied by her two minor children in the back seat of the vehicle, was arrested. The two smuggled aliens were processed per U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.

The smuggler faces a charge of 8 USC § 1324 – alien smuggling, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison. The woman’s children were turned over to a family member.

All individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks utilizing multiple databases including the use of biometrics to ensure those with criminal history are positively identified regardless of their immigration status.

Maverick County resident in critical condition after being shot multiple times

A Maverick County resident is in critical condition in a San Antonio Hospital after being shot multiple times by another subject.

Maverick County Sheriff Department is currently investigating an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, June 17, 2019, when an individual in the Chula Vista sector of the community was shot at least five times by another subject.

Maverick County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Roberto de León reported that an individual was transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center’s emergency room by family members after he had been shot.

The victim is a 30-year old from Maverick County who was flown to a San Antonio Hospital for further treatment and evaluation of his injuries.

De Leon reported that a subject has been detained and is being investigated and could be charged soon.

18 year old leads Maverick County Deputies on chase after being caught trafficking

An 18-year-old man from Eagle Pass Texas led Maverick County Sheriff deputies on a 30-minute chase through the community after he was caught trafficking undocumented immigrants early Thursday morning.

Maverick County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Roberto De León reported that a male subject identified as Moises Martinez Solar, 18, was detected with at least two illegals. Martinez dropped the individuals off and then proceeded to try to evade detention, leading law enforcement officials on a chase that began in an area along U.S. Highway 57 and ended when Martinez drove his Ford Escape into the Rio Grande river.

Martinez attempted to flee into Mexico but is reported to have struggled and was then rescued by Mexican authorities.

Martinez has since been turned over to United States law enforcement officials and is pending criminal federal charges.

Judge David Saucedo and Mayor Ramsey Cantu meet behind closed doors

Maverick County Judge David Saucedo and Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu met behind closed doors on Tuesday, June 4m 2919 at City Hall and reached an agreement regarding service costs between Maverick County and the City of Eagle Pass.

The inter-local agreement between both entities for fire protection and ambulance services entails a minor increase in maintenance costs and costs of living, but the cost will not be near the million dollars previously discussed.

The increase will not affect taxpayers, and there will be no cost increases on waste management or ambulance services.

Judge Saucedo congratulated Mayor Cantu for the agreement, which will be mutually beneficial to the county and the city, and most importantly to the citizens of the community.

Judge Saucedo attributed the agreement to great communication and collaboration between the county commissioners and city officers.

The proposed agreement will be presented at the next County Commissioners’ Court meeting, where it will be signed and approved.

City approves ordinance against scrap tires

The Eagle Pass City Council finally approved the third and final reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 16 of the City Code of Ordinances of the City of Eagle Pass regarding the proper disposal of used tires and issues related to a tire problem in our community.

The proposed amendment would create a new Article IV to regulate the transportation, storage, record keeping, and proper disposal of used and scrap tires; providing clarification of definitions; declaring the unapproved storage of used and scrap tires a public nuisance; establishing penalties for violations; the requirements of proper signage within establishments that sell new or used tires; establishing a disposal fee not to exceed $5.00.

The city has been working on this issue since 2017 when they proposed the ordinance.

During the past 18 months, the city has been ironing out numerous details in the ordinance to assure its enforceability and other issues related to the proposed ordinance and its changes.

The ordinance in question has been structured to address problems with illegal dumping of used and scrap tires throughout the entire community including the dangers created from unregulated stockpiles which in turn provide habitats for rodents, insects and other vermin including mosquito problems.

Mayor Cantu has stated in the past that it then puts a financial burden on the city. And that the proposed amendments are to establish regulations and procedures for safe transportation, storage, accurate record keeping, and proper disposal of used and scrap tires.

The amendments to the proposed ordinance include sections addressing approved storage methods, unapproved storage of tires declared a public nuisance, penalty for violations, exemptions, permits and records, authorized drivers and trucks among other provisions such as a charge for scrap tires at the places of business.

The Eagle Pass City Council approved the third and final reading of the proposed ordinance on a unanimous vote.

The City will begin a two month transition period in which they will notify the community, vendors and educate on the tire ordinance as well. The tire ordinance will go into effect on August 1, 2019.