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Witness testimony likely exposed in Victorian court hack | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

The ABC reported that the hackers issued a ransom note to the courts on December 21 via its own computers with the text “YOU HAVE BEEN PWND”, which is hacker jargon bragging that a target has been breached.

Ms Anderson said Court Services immediately isolated and disabled the affected network when it was informed of the breach. “As a result, hearings in January will be proceeding,” she said. No other court systems were affected, she said.

“We understand this will be unsettling for those who have been part of a hearing,” Ms Anderson said. “We recognise and apologise for the distress that this may cause people.”

Targeting sensitive services such as health or legal organisations and then demanding a payment to delete stolen data is the modus operandi of ransomware gangs that often operate out of Russia.

Medibank was hacked in a similar fashion in 2022, as was Legal Aid in the ACT. The large law firm HWL Ebsworth was breached in 2023.

Court Services has established a dedicated hotline for people affected by the breach. Ms Anderson said most court and tribunal hearings were public and not confidential. But she issued a reminder: “The unauthorised use of recordings of hearings is not permitted.”

Victorian Acting Premier Ben Carroll said while he did not know the source of the court hack, it had been “well-contained” and no hearings had been derailed.

“There has been no evidence to date that there will be any malpractice or judicial irregularities,” Mr Carroll said on Tuesday.

“I don’t know anything about exactly who was responsible, and obviously, it is a sensitive matter and no one wants to see anything of this occur. But it has been identified, it has been contained, and all the authorities are working on it.

“I understand that court operations have not been affected, that this operation has been essentially confined – all court cases, all hearings, all evidence and all procedure is thoroughly protected. We’re very confident we’ll get to the bottom of it.”

With Gus McCubbing


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