Spain's official court intranet system, known as LexNET, was shut down urgently on Thursday afternoon after lawyers pointed out a breach in the permissions system that allowed any lawyer in the country to see the files and folders of any other lawyer in the country, related to any case in the courts system.

LexNET is the system through which Spanish lawyers receive court notifications about the status of their client's cases, and to file documents with courts related to criminal, civil and administrative cases.

A lawyer in the southern city of Cartagena, José Muelas Cerezuela, announc...