San Fransisco’s light rail system was compromised over the weekend and passengers were greeted with the message, “You Hacked!” at ticket kiosks. While kind of funny, this could have ended very differently.
Turns out the attackers weren’t initially after attention, however they did demand a ransom in Bitcoin, and threatened to release data if it wasn’t paid.
It doesn’t look like it’s gone any further at this stage but what ended up being an inconvenience could have been a very expensive and embarrassing occurance.
This serves as a reminder to be vigilant for vulnerabilities in your network. As the attacker said themselves in an email, the “SFMTA network was Very Open and 2000 Server/PC infected by software!”
Source: Techcrunch – read more here