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The Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs (AGLA) has detected a cyber attack on its network.
In a media release yesterday, The Ministry of Digital Transformation said that “This unauthorised and illegal access has negatively impacted operations at the AGLA and certain associated Divisions. Having taken actions to minimise the threat, an investigation, in partnership with leading industry cybersecurity experts, is ongoing.”
In the meantime, the ministry said, some services that are usually provided are temporarily unavailable.
The release did not indicate when the attack occurred. However, in an online post, AGLA informed the public about the disruption and advised that any court documents served between Friday, June 30 2023 to present have not been received.
“In the circumstances, we invite persons in need of affecting service of court documents to do so via the following options: Emails can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com,” it said.
There will also be a physical service via the designated officers at the Office of the Solicitor General located at Tower C, Levels 17-18, 1A Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.
“The AGLA apologises for any inconvenience caused and will update the public on the restoration of services,” it said.
Contacted yesterday, Attorney General Reginald Armour, SC, and Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal said they could not comment as the matter was under investigation.
However, Sagramsingh-Sooklal said, “I have every confidence that this will be settled, and once more information can be forthcoming, I am sure it will be. In the meantime, I want to thank the public for their patience, our staff, especially Mr Roger Sealy our director of IT who has been working nonstop around the clock with his IT team and other stakeholders to rectify this issue.”
In May of this year, the chairman of Amalgamated Security Services Limited Dr Michael Aboud said cyber attacks occur in T&T at a rate of approximately 168 every minute, which underscores the critical need for authorities to bolster their response, especially with the increased public access to AI technology.
He said government infrastructure, healthcare, and large conglomerates are bearing the brunt of these attacks.