Cyberattack shuts down Colorado public defender office

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A malware attack on the state public defender’s computer system caused an outage that’s affecting court hearings statewide.

DENVER — A malware attack on the state public defender’s computer system last week has resulted in the disabling of the office’s network, the office confirmed on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Judicial Department said the courts themselves were not affected by the cyberattack.

“As a preventative measure, we temporarily disabled our computer network and are working to safely and securely bring systems back online. Our operations will be limited while the network is offline,” said James Karbach, the communications director for the public defender’s office.

One judge told Colorado Politics that they learned of the problem as early as Friday afternoon. Eric Ross, a spokesperson for the 18th Judicial District in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, said he was not notified until nearly 72 hours later.

Read the full story at Colorado Politics.

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