Victoria Police cancel speeding, red light camera fines over software virus

Victoria Police cancel speeding, red light camera fines over software virus

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.

Victorian authorities have been forced to withdraw nearly 600 infringements issued from 55 speed and red-light cameras after a maintenance worker inadvertently uploaded a ransomwire virus onto the network using a USB stick on June 6.

The cameras were apparently infected with the now infamous WannaCry ransomware, when a maintenance worker uploaded the WannaCry ransomware software unknowingly by using a an infected USB stick on June 6.

However, they had remained operational and captured 590 infringements since that date, Victoria Police's acting deputy commissioner of specialist operations Ross Guenther said in a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Each camera is a complex bit of kit, clearly there are several components, the camera itself, the radar to detect speed and the computer to record the infringement.

The Department of Justice said that the infection didn't impact the cameras' operation, and that anyone who had been caught speeding or jumping the red light would still be expected to pay their fines.

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Victoria Sheriff Brendan Facey confirmed the police had been aware of the infection for a number of days and was working with the camera vendor - called Redflex Traffic Systems - to resolve the issue.

"The department is in the process of removing the virus from the affected cameras".

Redflex Traffic Systems - which has its Australian head office located in Melbourne - said it has a patch to fix the infected devices, but it is yet to respond to further contact from ZDNet.

The virus infected organisations in 150 countries in May.

Each camera is being re-installed with a clean (and we hope patched and updated) operating system with a dozen more still to be fixed as of this date.

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