Texas appellate courts and judicial agencies’ websites and computer servers were shut down after a ransomware attack. A ransomware attack has hit the information technology office that supports Texas appellate courts and judicial agencies, leading to their websites and computer servers being shut down. The office said that it will not pay the ransom requested by the cybercriminals. Specifically affected is the Office of Court Administration (OCA), which is the IT provider for the appellate courts and state judicial agencies within the Texas Judicial Branch. The OCA is a unique state agency in the Judicial Branch that operates under the control of the Supreme Court of Texas. The OCA said in a Monday post that the cyberattack started last Thursday evening and was shortly thereafter discovered on Friday morning by the OCA’s IT staff, who quickly worked to limit its spread.