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Operations are expected to return to normal at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development after a cyber attack.

Systems have collapsed countrywide, causing public outcry among those who struggled to receive services.

According to the department, strides have been made in recovering from the ransomware attack reportedly experienced in September.

In a statement issued on Sunday (10/10), the department indicated that numerous online services have been reactivated safely.

According to Steve Mahlangu, spokesperson, systems already accessible include curatorship and the online portals used for historic searches.

The cyber attack affected, among others, the administration of trusts, deceased estates and insolvency. Beneficiaries were therefore unable to get urgent assistance at the various branches of the Master of the High Court, Bloemfontein included.

According to Mahlangu, significant progress has been made in restoring the Integrated Case Management System, which is an administrative system used at all courts, particularly the Office of the Master of the High Court.

He said security measures have been strengthened to protect sensitive personal information under its custodianship. Information communication technology security infrastructure has been upgraded and more stringent access control – both electronically and physically – has been ensured. High priority is also given to the electronic recording of court proceedings.

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