Port Phillip Prison: Melbourne jail targeted by anonymous hackers in sophisticated cyber attack

Port Phillip Prison: Melbourne jail targeted by anonymous hackers in sophisticated cyber attack 2
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One of Australia’s largest prisons is hit with a sophisticated cyber attack – as the mysterious groups behind the breach demand a ‘ransom’

  • Port Phillip Prison has targeted with cyber ransom attack by anonymous hackers
  • Those behind the attacks are understood to have demanded ransom payments
  • Prison in Melbourne’s west has suspended prison visits and ramped-up security
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One of Australia’s largest prisons has been targeted by anonymous hackers who demand they be paid a ‘ransom’ to put a stop to cyber attacks.

The Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne’s west has been forced to suspend prisoner visits after its computer systems fell victim to a cyber attack.

It is understood the hackers have taken control of the Truganina jail’s systems and have demanded the transfer of ransom payments to get it back. 

The Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne's west (pictured) has been forced to suspend prisoner visits after its computer systems fell victim to a cyber ransom attack

The Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne’s west (pictured) has been forced to suspend prisoner visits after its computer systems fell victim to a cyber ransom attack

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It is understood the hackers have taken control of the Truganina jail's systems and have demanded the transfer of ransom payments to get it back (stock image)

It is understood the hackers have taken control of the Truganina jail’s systems and have demanded the transfer of ransom payments to get it back (stock image)

Visits to the prison’s 1,000 inmates, both in-person and via video, have been temporarily suspended as police investigate the cyber attack.

Victoria Police and the State Government’s Cyber Incident Response Team have been notified of the security breach, the Herald Sun reports. 

Management has ramped-up security measures in response to the hack to ensure the safety of prison employees and inmates. 

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While essential calls can be made, phone access from inside the jail is restricted with only professionals like social workers or lawyers authorised for visits. 

It is understood the hackers have taken control of the Truganina jail's systems and have demanded the transfer of ransom payments to get it back (pictured, inside the Melbourne jail)

 It is understood the hackers have taken control of the Truganina jail’s systems and have demanded the transfer of ransom payments to get it back (pictured, inside the Melbourne jail)

A spokesman for Port Phillip’s operator, G4S, confirmed the prison had fallen victim to a cyber security incident but said prisoners and staff were unaffected.

‘Corrections Victoria is currently working with G4S to ensure these issues are resolved as quickly as possible,’ the spokeswoman said.

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‘There has been no impact on the safety and security of staff and prisoners.’

Port Phillip Prison is a maximum security jail and Victoria’s largest prison, able to accomodate up to 1,087 prisoners at any given time. 

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