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Copped A Speeding Fine? Your Data's Vulnerable To Cyber Hackers

WA Police named in new report

Copped A Speeding Fine? Your Data's Vulnerable To Cyber Hackers

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If you've ever been hit with a speeding fine there's a good chance your personal information could be at the mercy of cyber hackers, a new report has found.

The Auditor-General Colin Murphy today published its ninth systems report, and found WA Police had shared confidential infringement information with a third party.

The report recommends greater protection measure to be developed, according to the ABC.

"(The third party) vendor prints and mails infringement notices to offenders using information provided to them over the internet in plain text via a simple file transfer method," the report said.

"This increases the risk of a hacker intercepting sensitive information.

"WA Police is in the process of evaluating secure file transfers to see if it could use this solution to improve information security."

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While looking at the IT systems of five state agencies, the report found weaknesses in the Corruption and Crime Commission's Case Management and Intelligence System (CMIS) used to manage serious misconduct allegations and investigations.

And despite requirements for annual risk assesssments, it was found the CMIS risk register had remained unchanged for the last six years.

"We identified out of date, unpatched software vulnerabilities on the server that runs CMIS," the report said.

"An attacker could use these exposed vulnerabilities to gain unauthorised access to the CC's internal network, allowing them to attack internal systems and access highly sensitive data."

In the report overview, Mr Murphy said "many agencies are simply not taking the risks to their information systems seriously".

"I continue to report the same common weaknesses year after year and yet many agencies are still not taking action," he said.

"This is particularly frustrating given that many of the issues I have raised can be easily addressed."

On Wednesday, a major global cyber attack disrupting computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms reached Australia.

The Cadbury Factory in Tasmania was among the businesses effected, when their parent company Mondelz International was targeted of in the latest wave of international attacks.

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