Vic Police cancel fines issued by WannaCry-infected cameras

Victorian Police have cancelled 590 speeding and red-light fines despite the belief they were correctly issued.

The force was made aware of the security incident yesterday.

As I described on the Tripwire blog earlier this week, it was recently discovered that 55 traffic and speed cameras in the state were accidentally infected with the WannaCry ransomware.

"Importantly, only three of those (tickets) resulted in loss of license infringements", said Acting Deputy Commissioner, Ross Guenther, at a press conference. The integrity of the camera system has not been affected.

"However, given the independent nature of the [Road Safety] Camera Commissioner, I think it'd be wrong for me to assume that that's the case until he's had the opportunity to look at all the circumstances resulting in their issuing the fines", he said.

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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It said the incident had no impact on the accuracy of the cameras and infringements recorded over the past week.

WannaCry ransomware continues its trail of chaos generation after it infects traffic cameras in Victorian, Australia. Just this week it caused the shutdown of a Honda production plant in Japan.

It comes after the "WannaCry" ransomware attack in May - believed to be the world's biggest online extortion attempt - struck more than 100,000 organisations in 150 countries, including British hospitals, German rail operators and Chinese universities.

The road safety camera commissioner has been contacted for comment.

A local government spokesperson told 3AW that local officials were removing the virus from the road-side cameras. This will ensure no more cameras are impacted by the attack.

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