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

Otis Hoffman
June 24, 2017

The force was made aware of the security incident yesterday.

Victoria's Acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther told reporters on Friday that about 590 fines issued from the speed and red-light cameras found to be infected with WannaCry have been cancelled. "I need to see if there is a corruption of data of if there is a long-term impact on the system", Mr Voyage said.

The fines had been issued by 55 affected cameras in Melbourne and country Victoria between June 6 and June 22.

Security researcher Matthieu Suiche said the virus was created to encrypt files on infected machines.

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I wonder if the authorities in Victoria have chose to cancel the fines more out of fear of getting caught up in expensive and time-consuming legal battles with drivers who might argue that the cameras' integrity could have been tampered with by malicious code, rather than any genuine belief that anything dodgy occurred.

An inquiry into the incident will be launched on Monday, and meetings will be held with the state's sheriff, traffic camera commissioner, and the assistant police commissioner of road policing.

The Department also insisted those who receive tickets for speeding or other traffic offenses after being caught by the cameras won't be able to argue the malware infection compromised the cameras.

She said the ransomware only affected old computer software that had not been recently patched.

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He understood the virus tried to connect to the internet to encrypt the system - but the cameras are not linked to the web.

A Honda vehicle plant in Japan was also hit by the virus, forcing it to shut down.

The road safety camera commissioner has been contacted for comment.

"A system patch has been applied which prevents the spread of the virus".

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"While the software virus has impacted 55 camera sites, it has not caused any damage to these sites or the system more broadly".

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