Hackers to Breach an Australian State Court Recording Database

Hackers accessed the court recording database in Australia state (Victoria) and also disrupted the visual-audio in-court technology network. As a result, it has impacted the transcription services & recordings, an official stated on Tuesday.

Ms. Louise Anderson (Court Services Victoria CEO) Recordings of some court hearings (Between the 1st of November, 2023 & 21st of December, 2023) might have been stolen. She also stated that some hearings before the 1st of November, 2023 might also have been affected.

Anderson 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."

January Hearings would proceed after the affected database was disabled & isolated. Also, the court officials are working closely with the cyber security experts. Court Services Victoria didn’t reveal whether it has received any ransomware demands yet.

State-sponsored cyber hackers & groups have strengthened their strikes on Australia critical businesses, homes, and infrastructure, a government report released in November 2023 showed, with an attack taking place every 6 minutes. The court database’s cyber intrusion comes after a hack last year at DP World Australia that forced it to hang its operations for 3 days.