Police cancel 590 speeding fines after WannaCry hits traffic cameras

He chose to cancel the fines in the interest of community confidence in the camera system, he said.

"Our advice at this stage is that a software virus has been detected however the camera system has not been compromised", a press statement from the Victoria police department reads.

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. "I need to see if there is a corruption of data of if there is a long-term impact on the system", Mr Voyage said.

"So until I'm satisfied. that that is the case, I think the public will expect those fines are withdrawn".

The WannaCry ransomware that affected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries may be mostly behind us, but there are some locations where infected systems are still being discovered.

'So the key message for me is that those cameras are still operating, ' he said.

The virus typically locks up infected computers and demands a ransom - payable in Bitcoin - to unlock them.

"There is no evidence that this was the result of a cyber attack". Instead, it started from "human error".

Victorian Sheriff Brendan Facey says no infringement notices during the period in question will be issued until the Road Safety Camera Commissioner has finished his investigation.

The road safety camera commissioner has been contacted for comment.

"A system patch has been applied, which prevents the spread of the virus", the spokesperson told AW3, the local radio station who uncovered the outbreak. This will ensure no more cameras are impacted by the attack.