For those of you attempting to file something on Friday or waiting for a court order, you no doubt know PACER went down nationwide Friday afternoon:
Websites for the federal judiciary went down for about four hours Friday afternoon, with one federal clerk calling the outage the likely result of a “national cyberattack.”A cyberattack?
Federal district and appellate court sites, along with their electronic filing functions, went down about 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time before coming back online about 7 p.m. The judiciary’s Public Access To Court Electronic Records site also went offline.
The website for the U.S. Supreme Court did not appear to be affected.
Representatives for the U.S. Court’s administrative office and PACER did not immediately respond late Friday to requests for comment, but a prerecorded message on PACER’s hotline confirmed the system was experiencing problems.
A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman also confirmed the judiciary’s sites were not working and said DOJ staffers also were unable to access court records. The spokesman did not know the cause of the outage.
An Arkansas clerk of court claimed the problems were due to a cyberattack on the courts’ websites, according to an e-mail sent to a federal court listserv Friday afternoon.
“There has been a national disruption to the judiciary's Internet and [case management/electronic case files] sites which prevents electronic filing,” wrote James W. McCormack, clerk of court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. “The disruption appears to be a new national cyberattack on the judiciary.”
Who would possibly care about your piddling motion for enlargement of time:
A group called European Cyber Army claimed responsibility in a tweet while media reports gave differing reasons for the shutdown, report the Washington Post blog the Switch and ZDNet.
“Government of #USA!” the Twitter message read. “We have taken the liberty of #Nuking your website http://USCourts.gov ! We are the #ECA #EuropeanCyberArmy.”Note to "European Cyber Army" -- aim higher, dudes!
Do you know how much junk gets filed and circulated in federal court?
Just do a two-day docket search in the SD FL and you'll see what I'm talking about -- sure, there are a few nuggets in there, but by ceasing email notifications from the court for a few hours you actually did most of us a favor.
(BTW, I can't wait to see all the "cm/ecf outage" babies born nine months to the day from last Friday!)