AU: Hacker hits other councils across Ballarat region (update)

Benjamin Preiss reports that Ballarat Council was not the only council to have had their network compromised:

Councils throughout western Victoria are counting the cost of a security breach to their online networks.

The councils have undertaken security reviews and may conduct upgrades following illegal access to their systems.

Yesterday it remained unclear how much these procedures and the disruption to council services would cost ratepayers.

Golden Plains Shire Council and Ararat Rural City Council have confirmed their networks were penetrated via a network support provider which stores data for councils in the region.

The security scare comes after Ballarat City Council revealed its system had been broken into and was shut down almost completely earlier this week.

Read more in The Courier.

Update: An arrest has been made in the Ballarat Council case.

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