San Fran Tran­sit Sys­tem Hacked

“If you’re go­ing to San Fran­cisco, be sure to travel for free!”

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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.

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