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A ransomware attack has taken down several IT services for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa, including systems handling the department’s emails and national bail services.
The incident took place on the evening of September 6, this past Monday, the department said in a public statement.
“This has led to all information systems being encrypted and unavailable to both internal employees as well as members of the public,” DOJCD officials finally revealed on Thursday, after days of keeping citizens in the dark about a prolonged outage.
“As a result, all electronic services provided by the Department are affected, including, issuing of letters of authority, bail services, email, and the departmental website,” officials added.
“Child Maintenance payments for month-end have already been processed and will therefore not be impacted by the current system outage.”
Officials said they’re currently using manual processes to keep court activity going and
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