September 29, 2023

Trinidad and Tobago’s justice division is coping with a cyberattack that has impacted the ministry’s operations.

The island nation of greater than 1.4 million individuals introduced on Friday that its Ministry of Digital Transformation found a cyberattack focusing on the nation’s Workplace of the Lawyer Common and Ministry of Authorized Affairs (AGLA) in latest days.

No particular date was given for when the assault began however AGLA revealed a message saying it has been coping with outages since June 30 and inner companies had been disrupted. Any courtroom paperwork served electronically after that date weren’t obtained.

“This unauthorized and unlawful entry has negatively impacted operations on the AGLA and sure related Divisions,” the Ministry of Digital Transformation mentioned in a press release on Friday.

“Having taken actions to reduce the menace, an investigation, in partnership with main business cybersecurity specialists, is ongoing. Within the meantime, some companies which might be often offered are briefly unavailable.”

The ministry offered various e mail addresses the place individuals can ship courtroom paperwork and mentioned in-person courtroom companies had been nonetheless accessible within the capital of Port of Spain.

AGLA didn’t reply to requests for remark about whether or not companies can be up and operating this week.

Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal, an official inside AGLA, instructed the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian that Director of IT Roger Sealy “has been working nonstop across the clock together with his IT workforce and different stakeholders to rectify this problem.”

Legal professionals for the federal government instructed different native information shops that they had been unable to entry their e mail accounts and had been unable to entry vital paperwork for upcoming trials.

The Trinidad and Tobago Cyber Safety Incident Response Crew (TT-CSIRT) revealed an advisory on Friday urging all organizations to “take the mandatory precautions to mitigate towards rising ransomware assaults in Trinidad and Tobago.”

The company mentioned corporations and victims ought to attain out to them for incident response help and offered a number of e mail addresses or hyperlinks to ransomware guides. Any data offered to the company is confidential and won’t be disclosed publicly, they added.

Authorities representatives at different companies didn’t reply to requests for remark about when the scenario could also be resolved, whether or not it concerned ransomware or whether or not a ransom can be paid.

There have been a spate of cyberattacks on authorities companies and infrastructure in island nations all over the world.

In June, the Caribbean island of Martinique mentioned it was coping with a cyberattack that disrupted web entry and different infrastructure for weeks. Guadeloupe — an abroad division and area of France within the Caribbean consisting of six islands with a inhabitants of about 385,000 — additionally handled a cyberattack this 12 months that crippled lots of the native authorities’s programs.

Pacific islands have additionally confronted assault, with the federal government of Vanuatu being knocked offline in early November 2022 following a ransomware assault.

The Medusa ransomware group launched a wide-ranging assault on Tonga’s state-owned telecommunications firm in February and in March, the biggest supplier of cell, tv, web and phone companies to the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands was hit with a cyber incident.

Trinidad itself confronted its personal cyberattack final 12 months when its greatest grocery store chain was attacked by a now defunct ransomware group.

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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a Breaking Information Reporter at Recorded Future Information. Jonathan has labored throughout the globe as a journalist since 2014. Earlier than transferring again to New York Metropolis, he labored for information shops in South Africa, Jordan and Cambodia. He beforehand lined cybersecurity at ZDNet and TechRepublic.