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Prague – The Ministry of Justice and perhaps even the Prison Service of the Czech Republic once again faced information system outages today. They were caused by a cyber attack, in the evening they managed to get the websites up and running again. The Ministry of Justice announced this on Twitter. Justice websites had blackouts already on Thursday, which was also caused by a cyber attack.
“The availability of the Justice.cz portal was again limited by a DDoS attack to a similar extent as in the past days. At the moment, thanks to cooperation with all suppliers and NÚKIB (National Cyber Security Office), the systems are stabilized and functional,” the Ministry of Justice said before 10:00 p.m. on twitter.
According to the evening statement of the spokesperson Markéta Prunerová, the prison service experienced a failure of information systems, such as electronic mail. She did not want to be more specific for security reasons.
From Wednesday night to Thursday afternoon, a large-scale outage affected justice websites. During the entire working day, not only the website of the ministry, but also, for example, the databases of court hearings Infosoud and Infojustice, the insolvency register, individual court websites and the verejnazaloba.cz portal, which includes the websites of public prosecutors' offices, did not work. “The cause of the outage was a sophisticated cyber attack on Justice, which continues and changes over time. The system's operation is stabilized and continues to be monitored in cooperation with all suppliers,” the ministry said after the websites were restored.
Justice websites are they experience outages repeatedly, but usually the problem only lasts for a few hours. A major outage occurred, for example, in the summer of 2016, when the ministry cited a fault in the electrical installation in the Prague justice complex at Na Míčánkách as the reason. another six people to be prosecuted for tax evasion with damage of 100 million crowns.