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Cyberattack hits Pa. court system | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware | #hacking | #aihp


The Pennsylvania online court system has been hit by a cyberattack. Pennsylvania Chief Justice Debra Todd announced Sunday night that portions of the website are unavailable due to what is called a denial of service, or DoS, attack. According to a court official, the IT team first started noticing increased activity around 10 a.m. Saturday. As the team worked to fix the issues, it became clear this was a cyberattack. The team started locking down some parts of the site and was able to block certain regions, countries and entities around the world.The court’s IT team is now working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to investigate the incident. The motive for the cyberattack is not clear. There is no indication at this time that any court data was compromised and the courts will remain open, according to Todd.The attack impacted court web services, including the use of online docket sheets, PAePay and the guardianship tracking system. The PAePay system is where people can pay citations so a warrant will not be issued for their arrest. Currently, people will have to do that in person.The guardianship tracking system is a program where people in charge of other people’s money, such as conservatorships, have to file records to prevent misuse. Verizon is working on a virtual patch so people can access the site. However, as of now, the site is still crashing.WGAL is expecting more updates throughout the day. We will update this page as we learn more.

The Pennsylvania online court system has been hit by a cyberattack.

Pennsylvania Chief Justice Debra Todd announced Sunday night that portions of the website are unavailable due to what is called a denial of service, or DoS, attack.

According to a court official, the IT team first started noticing increased activity around 10 a.m. Saturday. As the team worked to fix the issues, it became clear this was a cyberattack. The team started locking down some parts of the site and was able to block certain regions, countries and entities around the world.

The court’s IT team is now working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to investigate the incident. The motive for the cyberattack is not clear.

There is no indication at this time that any court data was compromised and the courts will remain open, according to Todd.

The attack impacted court web services, including the use of online docket sheets, PAePay and the guardianship tracking system. The PAePay system is where people can pay citations so a warrant will not be issued for their arrest. Currently, people will have to do that in person.

The guardianship tracking system is a program where people in charge of other people’s money, such as conservatorships, have to file records to prevent misuse.

Verizon is working on a virtual patch so people can access the site. However, as of now, the site is still crashing.

WGAL is expecting more updates throughout the day. We will update this page as we learn more.

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