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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > San Francisco Public Transit System Was Hacked

San Francisco Public Transit System Was Hacked

San Francisco Public Transit System Was Hacked

Added: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
Intruders successfully infected and took over 2,000+ computers used to operate San Francisco’s public transport system. As a result, the Municipal Transportation Agency had to open the gates and allow passengers to ride for free. The hackers used HDDCryptor malware to infect 2,100+ machines by encrypting their data and preventing them from operating in the routine mode. The attackers held the data to ransom for 100 Bitcoin (about $73,000), with every computer displaying a black screen with a ransom note specifying the Russian Yandex email address for contacts.

It is known that the MTA’s operational and worker computers were affected, which disrupted email, payment services, but didn’t affect core operations, so trains continued running as usual.

The hackers pointed out that people didn’t pay attention to interview and propagate news. Their software was allegedly working completely automatically and they didn’t have a targeted attack to anywhere. They claim that the local MTA network was very open and their computers were very easy to infect. The attackers were waiting for contact and promised to close the email the next day.

As you know, ransomware infects a computer and encrypts all the data on its drives, effectively spreading to any other connected vulnerable device. It is usually launched when someone opens an infected email attachment or downloaded file and thus spreads through the entire computer network. After encrypting all the data at the network, it releases a ransom note offering the key to decrypt data in exchange for money.

By the way, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is not the first public sector institution or company to be targeted by such attackers – for example, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Centre in LA was also hacked a few months ago and was forced to return to paper charts and fax machines. Back in 2013, the Cryptolocker ransomware infected about 234,000 computers worldwide and required a global police operation to neutralize it.

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Date:  Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trial UploaderTurtle (2016-11-30 21:41:54)
Admiral_Smith avatarThat is no problem in Republican land. They liked getting hacked because it is good Hollywood Publicity.
(was Robin Williams the only straight man in San Francisco?)

posted by (2016-11-30 22:34:34)
RaderCad avatarRepublican land? The SF area is nothing but a liberal-progressive enclave AND a Sanctuary City.... They got what they deserved.... Robin Williams was the last straight man in SF.....

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanKittymenSunTurtle (2016-12-01 00:16:15)
Selsley avataromg! did they shut down all the pavements? (sidewalks)

posted by Turtle (2016-12-01 05:59:43)
No avatarI thought those things were run by old men pulling a long metal lever..

posted by (2016-12-01 06:54:08)
Nicolay avatarYeees, of course it was the Russian bear again, failing that it was the Chinese. Yawn!

posted by Blocked (2016-12-01 22:19:58)
chdr1 avatarlol never put a cd/dvd /usb memory stick you find on the train /bus / on the street in your or your work computer mr robot series taught the public and iran that.... stux.net lives in the wild now lmao..........luckie isis didnt do this we could have a few bent trains and a lot of people dead now

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmenSun (2016-12-01 23:32:57)
analogkid6103 avatarAnd they were all on time for a change shocking.

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