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Cyber Attack Hits Victoria Legal Wing as Court Recordings Hacked | News Fission

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In a bold cyberattack, hackers successfully infiltrated the court recordings database of Victoria State in Australia, disrupting the audio-visual in-court technology network. Discovered last Tuesday, the breach messed up critical legal services, besides raising questions about the potential theft of court hearing recordings.

Louise Anderson, the CEO of Court Services Victoria, officially confirmed the infiltration, stating that the cyberattack took place in 2023 between 1st November and 21st December.

Shockingly, recordings of numerous court hearings during this period may have been pilfered by the hackers. This sent ripples of anxiety through the legal community. Anderson added that the attackers may also have affected some hearings before 1st November.

The potential access is confined to recordings stored on the network. No other court systems or records, including employee or financial data, were accessed.Louise Anderson

Precautionary Measures For Court Hearings In January

Although the authorities have been prompt in isolating the affected network and disabling it, the aftermath of the data breach is significant.

Hearings scheduled for January will proceed only after the affected network is addressed. The cybersecurity experts of the government are closely coordinating with court officials to strengthen the line of defense.

Notably, Court Services Victoria refrained from disclosing whether or not the breach was accompanied by any ransomware demands.  This leaves the motive of the cybercriminals under a cloud of uncertainty.

This cyberattack adds to the concerning trend of state-sponsored hackers and cyber groups intensifying their assaults on businesses, homes, and even critical infrastructure in Australia.

The audacity of such attacks, along with their mounting frequency poses a challenge to the authorities to keep their digital assets secure.

Recent Cyber Attacks in Australia Targeting Major Sectors

The latest breach of the court database brings a similar incident on one of the largest port operators in Australia last year into the limelight. Operations at DP World Australia were suspended for three days following a cyberattack.

According to an alarming statistic revealed by a government report in November 2023, Australia was suffering a cyberattack every six minutes.

This string of cyberattacks involves different sectors, along with the recent attack on Eagers Automotive, a car dealership group where a security breach crippled its IT systems.

The automotive giant revealed that a third party had breached its information technology infrastructure, gaining access to data stored on its servers.

In an official statement, the car retailer stated, “Based on investigations to date, the company is in the process of notifying a small number of individuals identified who may face a serious risk of data misuse”.

With cyberattacks gaining sophistication, Australian authorities are coming under increasing pressure to fortify their cybersecurity measures. The breach in the court recordings database serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of even the most secure systems.

At a time when major sectors in the country are coming under cyber threat, the legal community is left struggling with the potential fallout. Beyond its threat as a privacy concern, it is a challenge to the integrity of legal proceedings.

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