Wisconsin's statewide court system slowed by denial-of-service cyberattack

An attempted cyberattack on the Wisconsin court system's computer network caused intermittent delays and slower response times earlier this week.

In a press release, Director of State Courts Randy Koschnick said that a denial-of-service attack required counter measures by the court system. While the network was temporarily slowed, there was no breach of any court data. No courtrooms across the state were disrupted by the cyberattack.

Koschnick told the Journal Sentinel he believes this is the first time a cyberattack has occurred in the state's court system. He said it has occurred previously in other states.

“The integrity of the court record is of paramount importance, and I want to recognize CCAP (Consolidated Court Automation Programs), our state agencies and law enforcement for addressing this situation quickly and effectively,” Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler said.

Attorneys or self-represented litigants who may have experienced difficulty in timely eFiling documents should contact the clerk of circuit court in their appropriate county, the release stated.

Koschnick said state and possible federal law enforcement are investigating the incident.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Denial-of-service cyberattack slows Wisconsin's court computer network