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Australia: Cyber virus hits speed, red-light cameras

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About 50 Victorian speed and red-light cameras have been hit by a computer virus, but police say the cameras have not been compromised.

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The Department of Justice and Regulation confirmed the "WannaCry" virus has hit private camera operator RedFlex, which operates most cameras in the state.

"There is no evidence that this was the result of a cyber attack," said a spokesman.

"It occurred as a result of human error." He said the department is in the process of removing the virus from the affected cameras.

"The remaining sites will be rectified in the next couple of days. A system patch has been applied which prevents the spread of the virus."

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

"While the software virus has impacted 55 camera sites, it has not caused any damage to these sites or the system more broadly.

All cameras have been operating correctly and accurately during this period," Neville said.

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