The justice department said it’s systems have been interrupted by a ransomware attack, the second such assault on a state institution in the past two months.

A breach occurred on 6 September and left all of the department’s information systems encrypted and unavailable, according to a statement sent by WhatsApp on Thursday.

“All electronic services provided by the department are affected,” it said. These include the issuing of letters of authority, bail services, e-mail and the departmental website.

In July, state-owned port and rail company Transnet’s systems were taken down by a similar attack.  — (c) 2021 Bloomberg LP

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