Cyberattack Shuts Down Court Sites

A cyberattack targeting the U.S. judiciary shut down numerous websites Friday afternoon.

According to James McCormack, clerk of court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the attack began around 3:30 p.m. and triggered a "widespread' lockdown of judiciary websites throughout the country, including those serving Arkansas.

McCormack said on Friday that the central office in Washington, D.C., was investigating the issue.

"We're just waiting like everybody else," he said, noting that it was the "highest priority" for the central office to restore the servers.

The attack was the second major shutdown of judiciary websites in January. The sites were restored in about two hours following the first shutdown. McCormack said the first was suspected as a cyberattack but was never confirmed as such.

"This suggests it was definitely a cyberattack," he said.