Nearly four weeks since a computer shutdown of the city’s court systems, officials on Friday cited progress in restoring some electronic access but the First Judicial District’s website and electronic-filing system have yet to be restored.
City courts spokesperson Gabe Roberts said he couldn’t estimate when everything would be back to normal.
“We are still in a position where we don’t want to jeopardize the remediation process,” he said. “We will be releasing more information once the remediation process is complete.”
City Councilman Brian O’Neill last week introduced a resolution calling for public hearings to determine if the city and its Office of Innovation and Technology have implemented sufficient security to prevent cyber attacks and network outages that other cities have experienced. A hearing date has not been set.
Philadelphia court officials have not said if the virus is linked to ransomware attacks that hit municipal computer systems in other U.S. cities, including Baltimore.
Roberts, citing security reasons, has declined to provide details about the type of virus that authorities say attacked First Judicial District computers, prompting what they have described as the precautionary shutdown on May 21 of its website and certain computer programs, including the electronic-filing system used by attorneys to submit pleadings, motions, and petitions.
He also has declined to name the cyber security firm contracted by the city courts to help restore the impacted network operations or say how much it’s being paid. The firm is working with the city courts and the Office of Innovation and Technology to get the systems “up and running safely,” Roberts said Friday.
Among the progress officials cite: