Justice Department still trying to recover from hack


It has been more than a month since the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development was hit by a ransomware attack. The hacking crippled many of its computer systems, messed up legal proceedings and even delayed child support payments. Now the ministry says it is making progress in recovery.

Hacking the Department of Justice: the road to recovery

In a statement, the ministry confirms having succeeded in containing the spread of the ransomware.

“Over the past few weeks, the team of ministry officials, industry experts and state agency advisers have successfully contained the spread of the malware. A number of online services have been reactivated in a safe and secure manner. The team also worked to ensure that the payment of child support to beneficiaries was disrupted as little as possible. “

Towards the end of last month, the department was forced to deny reports that the hackers demanded more than R30 million in order to release their hold. According to the DoJ, no ransom was demanded at any time.

“Further work will be carried out in the coming days to complete the process of
re-establish online functionality regarding trusts, estates and
Insolvencies (among others).

Building security

The electronic system which allows the recording of legal proceedings has now been almost fully restored. The majority of previous recordings are intact and able to resynchronize to the system.

So how do we know that one of our most crucial government departments won’t just get hacked again?

The DoJ says it has informed those who may have had their data compromised. It also upgraded its IT security infrastructure. And its overall security system.

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