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

Each camera is networked back to a central location, though the Sheriff told Neil Mitchell the central server was not windows based and therefor could not be infected, and also confirmed the cameras could not infect each other.”I cancelled the fines because I think it’s important the public has confidence in the system – 100 per cent confidence”, he said.Police say they have cancelled nearly 600 speeding and red light camera fines issued by virus-infected road safety cameras so Victorians do not lose confidence in the traffic camera system. “These cameras are about saving lives”, he said.A total of 590 fines had been issued by the virus-affected cameras.A Honda auto plant in Japan was also hit by the virus, forcing it to shut down. No ransom was demanded or paid.The ransomware often relies on such human errors to spread.A system patch to prevent the virus from spreading further has been applied to the network of cameras, which are privately operated by RedFlex.According to Australian broadcaster 3AW, the traffic cameras, which are run by private camera operator Redflex, are reported to be yup and running by Victoria’s Department of Justice and Regulation.”The prime minister spoke on Tuesday about cybersecurity and as a result of the WannaCry near miss, asked to accelerate a cyber crime commission and we’ve done that – we’ve created a taskforce”, Australia’s Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Alastair MacGibbon said. “The remaining sites will be rectified in the next couple of days”.”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investigation finds that people have been incorrectly fined, in line with normal practices, those fines will be withdrawn”, she said.He understood the virus tried to connect to the internet to encrypt the system – but the cameras are not linked to the web.