WannaCry ransomware now affecting Australia's traffic cameras

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.

Approximately 55 traffic cameras in Victoria have been infected with theWannaCryransomware, according to the Victorian department of justice.

The Melbourne radio station 3AW said the cameras had been infected through use of an USB flash drive.

However, they had remained operational and captured 590 infringements since that date, Victoria Police's acting deputy commissioner of specialist operations Ross Guenther said in a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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

In May 2017, WannaCry ripped through the world's unpatched Windows machines, locking users out of their devices and forcing them to pay a ransom to regain access to their devices and data.

WannaCry ransomware, which hit systems across Asia and Europe last month, resurfaced this week to infect more devices, including the network at a Honda factory in Japan and traffic cameras in Australia.

"There is no evidence that this was the result of a cyber-attack", a Department spokesperson told The Age. "It occurred as a result of human error".

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has referred the matter on to the Road Safety Camera Commissioner to investigate.

"I think people have no reason to lose confidence in the road camera safety system", he said.

In a statement, the department said a system patch had been applied to prevent the spread of the virus, and affected cameras would be fixed "in the next couple of days". "All cameras have been operating correctly and accurately during this period".

  • Arturo Norris