WannaCry Panic Sweeps Vic: Traffic Fines Unaffected

WannaCry Panic Sweeps Vic: Traffic Fines Unaffected”

Acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther made the announcement, stating that over 50 cameras had been affected by the the WannaCry ransomware virus between June 6, and June 22.

Guenther said the force had chose to cancel the 590 fines - even though he had "full confidence" in the cameras - and quarantine any newly captured infringements until Monday, when the problem is expected to be rectified.

"The department is in the process of removing the virus from the affected cameras". Each camera was said to been infected innocently by a worker's USB.

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.

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.

Victoria Police said a virus had been detected and authorities were in discussions with RedFlex.

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"There is nothing to compromise the accuracy of the cameras; there's no reason why anyone would think that inappropriate infringement notices were delivered".

"These cameras are about saving lives; those cameras are still operating", Mr Guenther said.

While the ransomware's spread has since been quelled, there are still instances alive in the wild.

Remember WannaCry? The fearsome ransomware package that infected over 250 000 computers in 150 countries earlier this year?

Britain's National Health Service had to turn away patients after WannaCry locked up hospital computers, forcing the closure of wards and emergency rooms. The matter is being referred to the road safety commissioner for investigation.

"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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