Philadelphia court network still down following cyber-attack


A cyber-attack on May 21st shut down the Luzerne County computer network.

Two weeks on the issue still remains, although 65% of access to county computer programmes has been restored.

On May 21, 2019 a cyber-attack was been detected via the county’s network monitoring system, resulting in administration shutting down the main courthouse network as a precaution against the virus spreading.

In a note from The Philadelphia Courts First Judicial District of Pennsylvania stated:

“The First Judicial District and City OIT are working in concert to ensure the safety of the First Judicial District’s electronic web system following the discovery of malware on a limited number of FJD workstations. As a precautionary measure the FJD’s website, employee email accounts, and electronic filing (e-file) have been temporarily suspended.

“We are currently unable to provide more information concerning this virus so as not to provide any detail-specific information that could jeopardise the remediation process we are engaged in. In addition to City OIT, the FJD is contracting the services of a firm specialising in cybersecurity to assist in getting impacted operations restored safely.”

The shutdown has caused many issues including; assessor’s staffers being unable to update property information, individuals being blocked from filing documents in the court system  as well as preventing inmates from the county jail from ordering commissary items. Additionally Mark Rocovich, county director of corrections stated that the computer outage has impacted the jail’s daily operations.

There is no definitive timetable for when systems will be back up and running.

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