Hackers Are Holding San Francisco's Light-Rail System For $73000 Ransom

Posted: Nov 30 2016, 1:02pm CST | by , in Cars & Vehicles

Hackers are Holding San Francisco's Light-Rail System for $73000 Ransom
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  • San Francisco’s Light Rai System Muni Got Hacked

Muni refused to pay the ransom amount of $73,000.

San Francisco’s Municipal Railway system is pretty famous for the light traveling by passengers of city. Better known as Muni, the system have been providing free weekend travels on the arrival of Christmas.

However the travel was disrupted for some time when a hacker apparently hacked in to the system of Muni. The hackers had left the message stating “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted”.

According to the company, later on the hacker demanded a ransom of $73,000 in order to restore the data and also threatened that in failing to pay the amount, all data on the accounts of official site will be destroyed, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Muni wasn’t stopped totally by the company but its system ticket machines were shut down by the company. The fare gates were opened as a precautionary measure and home land security was involved in the whole ordeal as well.

The Department of Homeland Security and the company’s own technology division made sure that the attack is contained well. The ransom amount was not at all paid. According to Paul Rose, an MTA spokesperson, the consideration of paying ransom was next to null.

By the Sunday morning, all the fare gates and tickets machines were working accordingly. By the start of Monday most of the system was up and working in perfect condition.

The anonymous hacker used a ransomware attack that came via an email. The malicious software locked the email accounts of employees of Muni at 900 workstations and also shut down Muni’s emailing system.

According to Muni, the hack was tackled well by their experts and no confidential data of their customers was leaked. According to the official statement, the hacker never got access to the fare gates and computers that control the trains.

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