Victoria cancels 590 fines in wake of WannaCry infection

Victoria cancels 590 fines in wake of WannaCry infection

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Hundreds of drivers in Australia need not pay fines for recent driving infractions, after police determined the WannaCry virus infiltrated their road-side cameras.

"I cancelled the fines because I think it's important the public has 100% confidence in the system", Acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther told the BBC.

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

Victoria Police have cancelled fines issued using evidence from speed and red-light cameras infected by the WannaCry ransomware.

A total of 590 fines had been issued by the virus-affected cameras.

'(The) 55 cameras may or may not have been impacted, and those cameras sit in inner city locations predominately and in some country locations, ' he said.

However a Justice department spokesperson said the ransomware was introduced last week into the camera system by a contractor's "human error".

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According to local radio station 3AW, the cameras found on highways and intersections-operated by Redflex Traffic Systems-were infected after a maintenance worker inserted a WannaCry-infected USB drive into the devices earlier this month.

Britain's National Health Service had to turn away patients after WannaCry locked up hospital computers, forcing the closure of wards and emergency rooms.

Typically ransomware spreads by people unwittingly opening emails, clicking on unsafe links or opening attached documents infected with a malware.

Despite making most of its damage in mid-May, the WannaCry ransomware continues to wreak havoc across the world, as it finds new computers to infect, belonging to persons or organizations that have failed to heed Microsoft's advice and install MS17-010, a security bulletin that negates WannaCry's primary infection vector. Just this week it caused the shutdown of a Honda production plant in Japan.

The road safety camera commissioner has been contacted for comment.

A system patch to prevent the virus from spreading further has been applied to the network of cameras.

  • Kyle Warner