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Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Site Server ‘Unrestorable’ After Malware Strike

Virginia’s Department of Criminal Justice Services is having to rebuild its “unrestorable” server after a malware infection hit the agency’s website.

DCJS told stakeholders in an email that the agency was “made aware that over the weekend our server was infected with malware.”

“We are working hand in hand with VITA [Virginia Information Technologies Agency] to remedy the situation that is impacting DCJS Websites,” the statement continued. “The DCJS Online Credentialing Management System was not affected. The controls that we have in place have caught this intrusion before it impacted our data. At this time, no data has been compromised.”

DCJS is one of 11 agencies within the commonwealth’s Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and is charged with planning and carrying out programs and initiatives in support of the criminal justice system. This includes research and evaluation, distribution of federal and state funding to localities, state agencies and nonprofit organizations, and providing training, technical assistance and program development services to all segments of the criminal justice system.

DCJS also establishes and enforces minimum training standards for law enforcement, corrections and private security personnel ranging from private investigators to armed guards. The agency licenses private security businesses and credentials personnel who have completed training in DCJS-approved schools. A database of DCJS credentials is available online.

“Unfortunately, we determined late yesterday afternoon that there is no quick fix and the server is unrestorable and therefore must be rebuilt,” the DCJS statement continued. “While we work furiously to do so and get applications up and running as soon as possible, you will continue to experience delays and be unable to access our websites.”

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a terrorism analyst and security consultant with a specialty in online open-source extremist propaganda, incitement, recruitment, and training. She hosts and presents in Homeland Security Today law enforcement training webinars studying a range of counterterrorism topics including conspiracy theory extremism, complex coordinated attacks, critical infrastructure attacks, arson terrorism, drone and venue threats, antisemitism and white supremacists, anti-government extremism, and WMD threats. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15 and a private investigator. Bridget is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

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