Cyber hackers break into Victorian court system

Hackers have accessed weeks of recorded hearings from Victorian courts and tribunals.

Hackers have accessed weeks of recorded hearings from Victorian courts and tribunals. Photo: Getty

Victoria’s court system has been hit by a cyber attack, with hackers accessing weeks of recorded court and tribunal hearings.

Court Services Victoria learned of the attack on December 21 but it’s believed the audiovisual technology network was compromised on November 1.

Video and audio recordings of some court and tribunal hearings may have been accessed over the seven-week period, a CSV spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday.

“It is possible some hearings before November 1 are also affected,” the statement read.

“The potential access is confined to recordings stored on the network.

“No other court systems or records, including employee or financial data, were accessed.”

The affected network was isolated and disabled to ensure operations could continue across the courts, the CSV spokeswoman said.

The court will notify people who were in hearings where recordings may have been accessed.

“Maintaining security for court users is our highest priority,” the statement read.

“Our current efforts are focused on ensuring our systems are safe.”

A dedicated contact centre will be set up from Tuesday for people who were affected by the cyber attack.

Acting Victorian Premier Ben Carroll confirmed Victoria Police was also working closely with Court Services Victoria.

“If anyone has any evidence, they are encouraged to come forward,” he said.

“But I know, from my advice this morning, that this has been a site and a hack that has been well contained.”

Carroll said it was important for government agencies to remain vigilant in the face of a growing number of cyber attacks.


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