Victorian speed and red-light cameras infected by computer virus

Traffic cameras in Victoria infected by WannaCry ransomware

About 50 Victorian speed and red-light cameras have reportedly been hit by a ransomware attack, but police say the cameras have not been compromised.

Officials in the state of Victoria confirmed in a report by radio station 3AW that the ransomware virus infected 55 red-light and speeding cameras.

Human error by a maintenance worker poking in a malware-infected USB stick was blamed for the infection.

"Importantly, only three of those (tickets) resulted in loss of license infringements", said Acting Deputy Commissioner, Ross Guenther, at a press conference.

"A system patch has been applied, which prevents the spread of the virus", spokesperson from the department told 3AW. The integrity of the camera system has not been affected. "The remaining sites will be rectified in the next couple of days".

"Because the camera's processes had detected the virus [they have] been rebooting", he said.

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The police said 590 fines would be cancelled.

Dr Vanessa Teague, a cybersecurity expert from the University of Melbourne, said given the ransomware had only just been detected it was nearly impossible for camera-system operator RedFlex to be fully confident in their technology.

Approximately 55 traffic cameras in Victoria have been infected with theWannaCryransomware, according to the Victorian department of justice.

He said he would be meeting the Assistant Commissioner of Road and Policing, the Sherrif and the Traffic Camera Commissioner on Monday to start an inquiry into the matter.

Just over a month ago, a nasty piece of ransomware called "WannaCry" began infecting PCs all across the world at an alarming rate.

And, as a Justice spokesman said: "The software virus has not impacted the accuracy of the camera system". "All cameras have been operating correctly and accurately during this period".

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