The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development made a statement on Tuesday that it was working on restoring systems recently affected by a ransomware attack.
Ransomware or ranson malware is a type of malicious software that prevents users from accessing their systems or personal files and demands ransom payment in order to regain access.
At this stage, the department said that it was unable to indicate the exact date when the required systems will be operational once more.
The department added that the IT teams were working tirelessly to restore services since being targeted last week, Monday.
Child maintenance payments in particular will be delayed until the systems are back online.
“IT experts from the department, industry partners, and selected organs of states are working together to urgently restart the system affected by the ransomware attack,” spokesperson Steve Mahlangu said.
Mahlangu said that so far, the website has been restored, an alternative email system was being used and the Masters Offices are currently being used as an interim measure using a manual process.
He said letters of executorship of authority would also be issued.
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