Officials confirmed that a denial of service cyberattack was the cause of the outage that occurred on parts of the Pennsylvania Courts website on Sunday night.
The courts promptly issued a statement reassuring the public that there is currently no evidence indicating any compromise of court data. Despite the cyber incident, the courts will continue to operate and remain accessible to the public.
A denial of service cyberattack, as described by officials, occurs when a network is overwhelmed with traffic, rendering it unresponsive or causing it to crash. This malicious tactic obstructs access for legitimate users.
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Debra Todd addressed the situation, stating, “Our court information technology and executive team is collaborating with law enforcement, including the CISA, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the F.B.I, to thoroughly investigate the incident.”
The impact of the cyberattack extends to various court web services, including PACFile, online docket sheets, PAePay, and the Guardianship Tracking System.
Pennsylvania Courts Address Cyber Attack
Chief Justice Todd said that attempts are being made to lessen the interruption brought on by the incident, and the court’s IT staff is actively working to resolve the problem.
However, because of the current circumstances, certain parts of the Pennsylvania Courts website are still unavailable.
Particularly, the courts will maintain their commitment to public accessibility and there is currently no evidence that any court data has been compromised.
This cyber attack comes after the Bucks County emergency dispatch system was down for nine days, which was also caused by a ransomware group’s cyberattack.
Beginning on January 21, the system went completely down, exposing the rising frequency and seriousness of cyberattacks targeting vital infrastructure.
The public will be kept updated about the current investigation and attempts to bring their online services back to normality by Pennsylvania Courts, who have promised to provide further details as they become available.