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Melbourne Trains Face Seriously Harmful Cyber Hack Threats

Victoria's train network is vulnerable to cyber-attacks with “significant weaknesses” in security an auditor general report has found.

According to The Age, the "security vulnerabilities" in train IT systems have exposed the backbone of the state's public network to the threat of "extended or complete loss of train services", Victorian Auditor-General Andrew Greaves wrote in a report published on Wednesday.

The auditor-general has warned that these potential cyber attacks could shut down train services for extended periods of time, inflicting severe economic harm to the state.

An attack could do economic damage to Metro, V/Line and the state, cause reputational damage to train operators and see them lose control of commercial or sensitive information, he wrote.

The report says PTV "has not identified, prioritised or managed emerging risks to Victoria’s essential train services and vulnerabilities."

PTV are yet to comment.

Source: The Age

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