Prison caught up in cyber attack

The Mount Gambier Prison is operated by G4S which was the target of the cyber attack. Picture: File.

MOUNT Gambier prison has been caught up in a cyber-attack made on its operator G4S.

A G4S spokesperson confirmed the cyber-attack occurred recently, and is believed to have happened in one of the companies’ Victorian facilities.

The company has said State Government IT systems have not been impacted by the attack, but the incident involved data from its national corporate IT network.

“Since the first detection of the incident, we took immediate action to contain the situation by shutting down our local network,” a G4S spokesperson said.

“The safety and security of Mount Gambier Prison, including all staff and prisoners, is not compromised in any way.

“G4S is working very closely with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASCS), Victoria Police and the Victorian Government’s Cyber Incident Response Team.”

Mount Gambier prison is the only South Australian correctional facility G4S operates, with most of its locations in the eastern states.

“Our priority has been, and remains, supporting and protecting our staff, persons in our care and everyone in our operating environment, from harm perpetrated from this event,” a G4S spokesperson said.

“Privacy remains a high priority for us, and we will continue to ensure the effective implementation of policies, safeguards and procedures which limit the opportunity for incidents of this nature to occur in the future.”

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.