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SolarWinds Hack Compromises U.S. Courts Electronic Filings

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021, 2:51 PM

  • The judiciary’s electronic filing system, CM/ECF, experienced “apparent breach”

  • The Administrative Office is working with Department of Homeland Security on audit

The U.S. federal judiciary’s electronic filing and case management system suffered an “apparent compromise” during the hack of SolarWinds Orion products, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said Wednesday.

The federal courts are working with the Department of Homeland Security on an audit of the system, AO director James Duff said in a memo distributed to federal courts. The federal courts “suspended all national and local use” of the Orion IT tool after the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive about the breach in December, according to an AO statement.

Going forward “highly sensitive documents” will have to be submitted to the courts on paper or on a secure electronic device. Each court will make its own determination about which documents are highly sensitive.

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Madison Alder in Washington at

To contact the editors responsible for this story:

Seth Stern at; John Crawley at

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