Philadelphia’s online court system has been down since May 21st as the result of a malware infection on “a limited number” of computers. Upon detecting the infection, authorities shut down the entire network to prevent further damage. The incident has fundamentally disrupted the court system.
The courts have hired a cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident, but officials have not provided any further information, saying they cannot do so because it “could jeopardize the remediation process.”
Government systems are often targeted by threat actors, mostly for cyber espionage or as part of ransomware attacks. Last month, the City of Baltimore suffered a ransomware infection it has yet to fully recover from.