San Francisco's Muni transit system reportedly hit by ransomware

San Francisco's Muni transit system reportedly hit by ransomware

San Francisco's Muni transit system reportedly hit by ransomware

The message asked that cryptom27 at yandex.com should be contacted for the key to unlock the data.

As a precaution measure, the staff chose to stop all the ticketing machines, so that those who traveled by public transportation have not paid anything.

On Friday, San Francisco's Municipal Transportation System, more commonly referred to as Muni, was hacked. "We are now working to resolve the situation", Muni spokesperson Paul Rose told the paper.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Muni's official Twitter account publicly responded to a reporter's inquiry about the status of the transit system's ticketing machines, stating, "The fare gates and ticket vending machines in Metro stations are in normal operation".

The hack apparently occurred last Friday, the San Francisco Examiner reports, which resulted in free rides for everyone for the whole day of Saturday as a means of protecting passengers.

"Neither the transit service nor the personal information of our customers were affected", said a spokesman from public transportation service for BBC journalists. "Because this is an ongoing investigation it would not be appropriate to provide additional details at this point". SFMTA confirmed with ABC7 that the system was indeed hacked and went back online on Sunday.

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Muni ticket machines and fare gates were temporarily out of order Saturday after an apparent computer hack. According to sources, SFMTA workers are not sure if they will get paid this week.

The hack resembles a form of "ransomware", which is where a computer system is basically held hostage, with the owners locked out until they send a specific amount of money to the attacker.

The transit agency has no idea who is behind it, or what the hackers are demanding in return.

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