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A cyberattack has resulted in the infiltration of an Australian court’s recording database, compromising the audio-visual technology used in courtrooms and potentially stealing recordings of hearings conducted between November 1 and December 21, 2023.
Court Services Victoria CEO Louise Anderson confirmed the breach, noting that some earlier hearings might also have been impacted, though no other court systems or sensitive records were accessed.
The attack led to the isolation and disabling of the affected network to ensure the continuation of court proceedings in January. Officials, collaborating with government cyber security experts, are addressing the issue. The specifics of the attack, including any ransomware demands, remain undisclosed.
This breach is part of a broader pattern of increased cyber attacks in Australia, targeting critical infrastructure and businesses, with reports indicating an attack every six minutes. This incident is also not isolated; it follows significant cyber attacks on major Australian entities, including a disruptive hack at DP World Australia, a leading port operator, and a recent cyber incident at Eagers Automotive.