The alleged Russian hacking of Microsoft’s internal systems through the SolarWinds supply chain prompted the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to issue an order strengthening its security procedures.
U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley, the presiding judge, on Friday signed an order requiring certain highly sensitive documents to be submitted outside the court’s normal PACER electronic filing system for protection.
Until further notice, sensitive documents should be filed on paper or as an electronic copy on a secure electronic device with the Registry, where they will be kept in a secure paper file or stand-alone computer system.
According to release from court, this order was prompted by recent widespread breaches of government and private sector computer systems using Microsoft operating software. Microsoft said hackers were able to view some of its source code repositories but could not edit or make changes to compromised accounts.
The Federal Court considers the applications for search warrants, electronic surveillance and pen registers or trapping and tracing devices very sensitive.
Depending on the circumstances, certain documents, such as social security files, administrative immigration files and sealed civil files, may be considered highly sensitive by the court.
These documents must be filed with the court office either in two hard copies or by filing them on a USB key, accompanied by the certificate and the service. If applicable, a copy of the court order designating the document as highly sensitive should also be submitted.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has courthouses in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, and encompasses forty-eight urban and rural counties in the southern half of Ohio.
Questions about how a highly sensitive document should be filed with the court should be directed to the Clerk’s Office at 614-719-3000 in Columbus, 513-564-7500 in Cincinnati, or 937-512-1400 in Dayton.