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55 RedLight and Speed Cameras are affected by WannaCry in Australia

by Harikrishna Mekala

The event took place last week and was led to light by a local radio station. According to current news, the infection took place while maintenance operations, as a human operator, connected an infected USB to the cameras, which were apparently operating on a Windows OS.

Cameras belonged to government contractor

The cameras are owned by Redflex, a government contractor, and were placed on Victorian highways and street crossings. Because the cameras were not connected to the Internet or each other, the WannaCry Ransomware was contained within the device.

Despite being affected, the cameras remained online and maintained to function, although they rebooted every few minutes. Authorities say speed and red-light violation notices issued in that period will remain valid.

A spokesperson for the Victoria Justice and Regulation Department verified the incident on Monday. The official said camera maintenance workers had installed patches to stop the ransomware from taking root.

“A system patch has been installed, which prevents the spread of the virus,” the spokesperson told AW3, the local radio station who revealed the outbreak. “The Department is in the process of removing the virus of the affected cameras. The remaining sections will be rectified in the next couple of days.”

WannaCry also infected Honda car plant

Despite doing most of its damage in mid-May, the WannaCry Ransomware proceeds to wreak havoc on the world, as it finds new PCs to infect, referring to persons or organizations that have failed to see Microsoft’s advice and install MS17-010, a security news that negates WannaCry’s primary infection vector.

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