Fire Rescue Victoria investigates security incident – security

Fire Rescue Victoria has confirmed that the IT outage is the result of a cyber attack.

Yesterday the agency announced an outage affecting its mailing system, phones, internet access and email.

Acting Commissioner Gavin Freeman told a press conference yesterday afternoon that the systems could be offline for “three or four days”.

“In the early morning hours [Thursday] Tomorrow FRV became aware of an IT failure of our systems,” he said.

“It was around four or five [in the] I got the call tomorrow,” he said, adding that the decision to shut down the systems was made at 7:30 a.m.

“Our systems have been compromised … we have appealed to the government and the federal government for assistance.”

The agency uses walkie-talkies, cell phones, and pagers to “get the fire engines out the door.”

Freeman didn’t say if it was a ransomware attack, but said, “I’m not aware of any contact from anyone. We’re still trying to investigate what caused this.

“We will provide more information as soon as we know about it.”

To update: At 11:26 a.m. Friday, FRV confirmed that the outage was caused by a cyber attack.

“Preliminary investigations confirm that it was a cyber attack by an external third party and that FRV systems were affected,” the statement said.

“We have taken decisive action in response to this incident and are working around the clock with specialist cybersecurity firms and our state and federal partners, including the Australian Cybersecurity Centre.

“FRV will provide more information as it becomes available.” Fire Rescue Victoria investigates security incident – security

Callan Tansill

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