A cyberattack on the Department of Justice that collapsed court systems across the country has been contained, it confirmed yesterday.

‘Another critical area that has been given high priority is the electronic recording of court proceedings to ensure that courts are able to operate as normal. Most of the recordings are intact, and able to sync back to the central repository. Where courts are still experiencing challenges, a special capacity has been deployed to attend to queries on a case-by-case basis,’ it said.

A report on the News24 site notes that the web portal used by transcribers to download court recordings for transcription purposes was also restored.

Additionally, the Integrated Case Management System, an administrative system used at all courts, has also been restored.

The department said parts of the ICMS, such as curatorship and online portals used for historic searches, were available and accessible.

It said more work will be done in the next few days to complete the process of bringing back online functionality in respect of Trusts, Deceased Estates and Insolvencies.

It added that it has strengthened security measures to protect sensitive personal information under its custodianship.

Moneyweb reports that the cyberattack will delay the appointment of the executor of the late Nic Georgiou’s estate by between six and 12 months.

Consequently, the numerous legal challenges against Georgiou and entities under his control will also be delayed, and not expedited as claimed by certain 'parties'.

Hans Klopper, the business rescue practitioner of the Highveld Syndication companies, made these claims in a statement sent to stakeholders.

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Mteto Nyati, CEO of listed technology firm Altron, which has been shedding its other African customers to focus on cybersecurity in SA, says the country is ‘not ready at all’ for the sort of cyberattacks that have proliferated since the start of Covid-19.

‘It's a scary situation. What is even scarier is that our government is the least prepared. And this is where most of our key information is. This is the most worrying part,’ he said.

The Sunday Times reports that he said the massive cyberattack on state logistics firm Transnet in July was a wake-up call and he believes it was just one of many on government entities in the past few months.

‘Almost every week there is an attack like that in government. They're not always reported but these things are happening every week. Not necessarily on that scale, but we're going to get there if government chief information officers are not moving in the right direction to protect their IT infrastructure.’

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