Cyberattack takes down Boston's legal system, criminals want Bitcoin

15 Mar, 2019 | Updated: 15 Mar, 2019
by Joeri Cant
Cyberattack takes down Boston's legal system, criminals want Bitcoin

The Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, US, has suffered a ransomware attack that locked them out of all of their information. The cyber criminals behind the attack demanded Bitcoin as payment to regain access to the locked up files.

According to the Boston Globe, the Boston public defenders had suffered a cyberattack that caused a slowdown of almost two weeks, disabled e-mail systems, delayed hearings, and held up payments for private attorneys.

The ransomware attack demanded that a ransom be paid in Bitcoin, however, the Committee for Public Counsel Services refused to facilitate the Bitcoin transfer to the attackers, as they had access to backup files which it could use to restore their system.

Lisa M. Hewitt, general counsel of the committee, said that the attack had been a burden to the agency, 'but our staff has risen to the challenge, and we are in a day-to-day environment trying to represent our clients as zealously as we always strive to do'.

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As a security measure, the public defenders agency took the decision to take their systems offline in order to cleanse them of any remaining viruses.

The agency that provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel, stated on their website that their computer systems had been attacked and are not working properly.

'We are still representing clients. In addition, there is no evidence that confidential information from clients has been released as a result of these attacks.'

According to Allan Liska, an analyst who helps clients fend off ransomware attacks, government agencies are attractive cyberattack targets because they have less staffing and fewer protections than other organizations of their size.

'They just don’t have the budget that other types of targets do', Liska said. 'And because they have an obligation to respond to their constituents, they’re more likely to pay.'

Liska added that it is a better choice to not pay up if there’s any other way to restore affected systems.

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