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Attack on justice department’s IT system a ‘cyber warfare’ assault

Experts say trend of attacks on banks, Transnet must be looked at together, especially in light of this latest incident

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Hackers who targeted the justice department’s IT systems have stolen an untold number of personal details, believed to belong to staff and ordinary citizens, in an apparently highly sophisticated ransomware cyber attack.

While the department has confirmed this month’s attack was a ransomware assault, it has denied media reports that its backup computer servers and the data that was stored on the systems had been encrypted and was being held for a R33m ransom.

On Monday Mybroadband reported that the hackers had demanded R33m in bitcoin for the database to be decrypted...

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