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Australian State Court Hit by Hackers: Recording Database Breached

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Aussie justice in jeopardy! Hackers hit critical court databases, exposing sensitive data.

An official said that hackers accessed the court recordings database in Australia’s Victoria state and disrupted the audio-visual in-court technology network, impacting recordings and transcription services on Tuesday.

Court Services Victoria CEO Louise Anderson said in a statement that records of some court hearings between Nov. 1 and December 21, 2023, may have been stolen. Some hearings before November 01 may also have been affected, she said.

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

Hearings in January would proceed after the affected network was isolated and disabled, and court officials were working closely with the government’s cyber security experts. Court Services Victoria did not reveal whether it received any ransomware demands.

State-sponsored cyber groups and hackers have stepped up their assault on Australia’s critical infrastructure, businesses, and homes, a government report released in November 2023 showed, with one attack happening every six minutes.

The cyber intrusion at the court database comes after a hack late last year at DP World Australia, one of the country’s largest port operators, that forced it to suspend operations for three days. Last week, car dealership group Eagers Automotive said a cyber incident hit its IT systems.

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