Kansas Court Hack: Attackers Stole Sensitive Data From Systems

Kanas Supreme Court released the statement for the cyber incident that stole sensitive data from systems.

The Kansas Supreme Court released the Statement (Chief Justice Marla Luckert and Justices Eric Rosen, Dan Biles, Caleb Stegall, Evelyn Wilson, K.J. Wall, and Melissa Standridge).

The electronic filing system in the Kanas Court was targeted in an attack, prompting an immediate disconnection of information from external systems to prevent any further damage.

The cyber incident impacted the information system used by the Kanas judicial branch. Kansas’s appellate courts and district courts throughout 104 counties are experiencing daily disruptions as a result of this attack, which has rendered the information systems of the Office of Judicial Administration temporarily unusable.

Notably, state authorities, the governor’s office, legislative leadership, and state and federal law enforcement have supported the Kanas in this incident.

The cybercriminals also stole data and threatened to post it to a dark website if their demands were not met.

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The security experts acted promptly and efficiently to identify the compromised data in a secure manner. To determine the extent of personal data that might have been stolen, a comprehensive investigation needs to be conducted.

According to the investigation, the data includes  Office of Judicial Administration files, district court case records on appeal, and other data, some of which may be confidential under law.

Cyberattacks against governmental organizations are common. The government is the third most frequently targeted industry for these kinds of attacks, per the FBI’s 2022 IC3 report on Internet Crime. The democratic institutions are consistently and seriously threatened by cybercrime. 

Due to the incident, the court said, “Throughout this incident, our decisions have been guided by our foundational values. Chief among those is our dedication to upholding and abiding by the rule of law.By adhering to those values at this profoundly trying time, we seek to demonstrate that no malicious element is more powerful than the rule of law and the institutions that abide by it.”

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Kaaviya is a Security Editor and fellow reporter with Cyber Security News. She is covering various cyber security incidents happening in the Cyber Space.