San Fran Transit System Hacked
“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to travel for free!”
Over 2,000 terminals within San Francisco’s public transport network were impacted by some nasty ransomware late in November, with those responsible wanting to be paid in bitcoins to resolve things. Ticket machines were shut down alongside various office systems, meaning passengers benefitted from free travel during a busy weekend while IT bods tried their best to get things back up and running.
The hackers wanted 100 bitcoins, which is around £50,000 in old money, to put things right. For its part, the railway's management team was emphatic in saying it "never considered paying the ransom".
In other security news, a laptop containing the social security numbers of over 130,000 current and former US Navy sailors was breached, putting that information at risk. The US Navy said that there was no evidence the data has been misused, but it’s troubling news.