Computer Systems Down in Kansas Courts Due to Security Incident

         

Summary: Computer systems for almost all of Kansas’ courts have been offline for five days due to a security incident, causing disruptions in electronic filings and public access to records. The extent and duration of the problem remain unknown.

Computer systems for almost all of Kansas’ courts have been offline for five days due to a security incident, according to officials. This has resulted in the inability to accept electronic filings, process payments, manage cases, grant public access to records, and handle electronic applications for protection-from-abuse orders and marriage licenses. The state Department for Children and Families also announced delays in child support payments. The extent and duration of the problem remain unknown, and it is unclear whether it was a malicious attack. The incident has highlighted the vulnerability of digital systems and the need for better safeguards. The court system’s reliance on digital records means that many records are inaccessible to the public while the computer systems are down. A legislative committee is expected to receive an update on the issue, and it is possible that the systems may be offline for several weeks. Meanwhile, prosecutors and court officials are facing significant challenges in managing cases and tracking dockets manually.

Tags: Kansas courts, security incident, offline computer systems, electronic filings, public access to records, delays, vulnerability of digital systems, paper filings, manual case management, legislative committee update

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