Bad luck, speeders, WA speed cameras are safe from virus

Traffic cameras in Victoria infected by WannaCry ransomware

Traffic and speed cameras in the state of Victoria, Australia were infected by the WannaCry ransomware attack that hit hundreds of thousands of computer networks around the world last month.

The force was made aware of the security incident yesterday.

A maintenance worker has inadvertently infected 55 Victorian red-light and speed cameras with a virus, with the Road Safety Camera Commissioner now investigating the attack.

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.

'It's important that we give the public some confidence around our camera system in Victoria.

According to the information available, both intersection and highway cameras were affected. He said the majority had been fixed, with "dozen or so" still infected.

"I am confident that there are not any inappropriate infringements issued".




However, Mr Guenther said the computer virus were discovered by the police on Thursday.

A total of 55 cameras were impacted by the malware, which is able to lock down vital files and demand a ransom for their return, however officials stressed it was a targeted cyberattack.

Just ask Japanese auto manufacturer Honda, which this week temporarily shut down a manufacturing plant because of WannaCry.

Instead, the incident has been blamed on "human error", likely on the part of a camera technician.

"If the Road Safety Camera Commissioner's investigation finds that people have been incorrectly fined, in line with normal practices, those fines will be withdrawn", he said.

"A system patch has been applied which prevents the spread of the virus". "All cameras have been operating correctly and accurately during this period".

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