San Fran­cisco’s pub­lic rail­way sys­tem hit by hack­ers

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Some pas­sen­gers on San Fran­cisco’s pub­lic rail­way en­joyed free rides dur­ing part of the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day weekend after hack­ers in­fil­trated hun­dreds of its work­ers’ com­put­ers and email ac­counts.

The San Fran­cisco Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­porta­tion Agency says it de­cided to open the gates at un­der­ground sta­tions of its light rail sys­tem Fri­day and Satur­day after de­tect­ing a “ran­somware” at­tack aimed at steal­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion in an at­tempt to be paid for the data’s re­turn. Reg­u­lar fares were still charged for bus rides.

Agency spokesman Paul Rose says an in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined that the hack­ers didn’t get any fi­nan­cial records or other po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion about the sys­tem’s cus­tomers or em­ploy­ees. As of late Mon­day af­ter­noon, the agency was still try­ing to de­ter­mine how much rev­enue it lost while giv­ing free rides. — AP

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