A ransomware attack on the South African Department of Justice (DOJ) has made all electronic services unavailable. Steve Mahlangu spokesperson for the DOJ and Constitutional Development stated, “[The attack] 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 department website.” The outage also halted monthly child maintenance payments until further notice. The attack took place on September 6th and it is still unknown when regular operations will resume. Mahlangu said the DOJ’s IT department have found no indication of data compromise and is still unclear about who is behind the attack.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased