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the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa has been struck by cybercriminals

Exploit: Ransomware

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development: Government Agency

cybersecurity news represented by agauge showing severe risk

Risk to Business: 1.802 = Severe

A ransomware attack struck the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa. According to a department statement, many departments have been impacted, including the issuing of letters of authority, bail services, departmental email and the departmental website. Some services are available through old-fashioned pen and paper and child support payments won’t be delayed. The department announced that its team is working to restore operations. The incident is under investigation, and no word was available at press time on who was responsible for the attack.

Individual Risk: The department claims that no data has been exfiltrated by the ransomware operators

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware doesn’t always go after data. Sometimes cybercriminals want to hold the whole business to ransom, impeding operations and notching up embarrassment.

Source: Security Affairs