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Published on : Monday, November 28, 2016
The transport agency of San Francisco was hit by a latest hacking attack, which forced the transport staff to shut down all the ticketing machines on their network as a precautionary measure during Thanksgiving.
The Municipal Transportation Agency operates buses, trams, trains and also the cable cars across the entire city of San Francisco.
The authorities informed that the hackers demanded a ransom of 100 Bitcoin, which can be converted to almost $70,000. The transport authorities had to disable all the computers on the transport network across the city, including several computers at the railway stations. According to the sources, all the computers on the transport network were showing the message from the hackers.
The message given by the hackers read, ‘You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key(firstname.lastname@example.org)ID:681 ,Enter’.
The local authorities informed that the train services were not directly affected by the hacking attack but numerous travellers got to travel to their destinations without buying any ticket. The authorities also informed that a total of 2000 machines were affected by the hacking attack.
According to a spokesperson from the local authorities, there was no impact to the transit service, to the safety systems or to the customer’s personal information and the incident had to be put under investigation.
It was found that the hacker gave a list of the 2000 machines of the transport agency, which were infected and the hackers informed that the authorities had ‘one more day’ to make any deal. The ticketing machines were later back up online on Sunday, 27th November.