Justice Department IT Systems Hacked

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development's Information Technology Systems have been hacked. The department said the breach was effected through ransomware and was detected on Monday.


In a statement released on Thursday, The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said that its Information Technology systems have been interrupted due to a security breach. The department further revealed that the breach, which they detected on Monday, was effected through ransomware.

According to the statement, ransomware is often spread through phishing e-mails that contain malicious attachments or through drive-by downloading.

The department's electronic services, including the issuing of letters of authority, bail services, emails, and the department's website, have all been impacted.

This has led to all information systems being encrypted and unavailable to both internal employees as well as members of the public. As a result, all electronic services provided by the department are affected, including the issuing of letters of authority, bail services, e-mail and the departmental website.

The department assured all affected parties that its IT staff is working tirelessly to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Moreover, the department also stated that child maintenance payments will not be affected as they have already been processed.

Furthermore, the department said that it has activated its Business Continuity Plan and put contingency measures in place to ensure that the IT system challenges do not affect court operations. Manual recording equipment will be used to ensure that court sittings continue as scheduled.

The office of the chief master is using a manual process to provide bereaved families with the necessary documentation that they need to bury their loved ones,

IT professionals from the department are collaborating with state agencies to identify and remedy the issue. There has been no evidence of data compromise thus far. The department has also apologised for any inconvenience this may cause to the public.

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