Action Line listeners updated on court system cyber attack

    Juneau Superior Court Judge Amy Mead Photo courtesy of the Alaska Court System

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An update on the cyberattack on the Alaska Court System was provided on Action Line Monday by Juneau Superior Court Judge Amy Mead who also serves as the administrator of the First Judicial District.

    "We were actually really lucky and caught the attack at a very early stage.  We disconnected from the Internet entirely to protect our servers and we started working with a cybersecurity company to respond and prevent further breaches and damage."

    The judge added that their IT department is working to keep things running and trying to restore functions as safely and securely as possible.  She wasn't able to provide an estimate on when the system will be restored.

    When asked about the impact on citizens in dealing with the court system, she said their ability to communicate via email or have an online presence is offline.  "Checking court calendars, paying bills, filing documents, receiving orders, all of those things we've had to find a workaround for.  So it's not necessarily that these things can't be done, it's just that they have to temporarily be done differently and maybe not as easy as everyone is used to."

    The judge added that there's no evidence that anything was extracted from their system.  "So no evidence of any compromise of personal or confidential data and we have no evidence of any credit card information was compromised."

    Citizens can obtain additional information at  or on the court system's Facebook page



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