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More Vic Red Lights Infected

While security industry attention in Australia – as elsewhere – has been focused on this week’s Petya ransomeware attacks, last week’s WannaCry invasion of 55 red light cameras in Melbourne has been quietly escalating.

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville says the number of infected cameras has now increased by 62, bringing the total up to 159. This is in spite of earlier reports that, as red light cameras are supposedly not connected to the Internet, the ransomware could not be spread.

Victoria reportedly has 280 red light cameras, so it seems WannaCry has infected more than half of them, and may continue to infect more.

Victoria Police has withdrawn more than 7500 speeding and red light tickets following the debacle.

“I have decided to withdraw all infringements state-wide,” said assistant commissioner Doug Fryer.

“This does not mean they won’t be reissued, but I need to be absolutely sure that the 280 cameras were working correctly and without corruption.”

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