San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Hacked

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Hacked

On Friday November 25th, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, (A.K.A MUNI) was Hacked, allowing people all over The Golden Gate City to ride for free.
A program called “Ransomware ” was used to Attack the Fare System and shut down the ticket kiosks allowing people to ride for free over the weekend. This act is normally done by the user ( Muni) receiving an email containing harmful and malicious executables such as a link to a website or a file. After opening, a virus is sent to the target computer allowing the hacker, control of the system.
The unknown hacker organization demanded $73,000 ransom through Bitcoin in order to end the hack and re stabilize the kiosks. The trains themselves were not affected and the kiosks were back up by November 27th. The identity of hack and/or hacker group still remains unknown. But according to the agency’s computer, the email that was linked to the account was registered to an address in Russia.

As of now the transit line is up and working but this goes to show how without proper security anything is hackable.