South African Child Maintenance Payments Delayed by Ransomware Attack
The attack "has led to all information systems being encrypted and unavailable to both internal employees as well as members of the public", departmental spokesman Steve Mahlangu said. "As a result, all electronic services provided by the department are affected, including the issuing of letters of authority, bail services, e-mail and the departmental website”.
“While the department is not able to determine the exact date when the required systems will be restored, it will ensure all child maintenance money is kept secure for payment to the rightful beneficiaries when the systems are back online”, Mahlangu said.
"There is one ransomware attack every 11 seconds globally. The average downtime after each attack is 21 days. This depends on whether the ransom is paid or not", Singh said. "Ransoms are much maligned in public but routinely paid in private".