The Ministry of Justice has shut down its computer kiosks just days after security issues were uncovered on the Ministry of Social Development's public computers.

Freelance data journalist Keith Ng this week revealed he was able to download thousands of invoices and call-logs containing personal details from public kiosks at Work and Income branches in Wellington.

The ministry on Monday secured its servers and shut down the kiosks, which were meant to be used by jobseekers.

The revelation also prompted the Government to undertake an urgent stocktake of all of its public computer systems.


A review of the Ministry of Justice's public kiosks has revealed its computer systems have a similar security issue, One News reported.

The affected kiosks included three computers at the ministry's national office, which were used to print visitors' passes, as well as kiosks at the Maori Land Court, which allowed visitors to access a database.

The ministry told One News it was confident no private information had been accessed.