Cyber Crime Results in Free Train Rides

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Cyber crime

According to SonicWALL, the latest cyber crime and ransomware attack is reminiscent of a Robin Hood take down.

Over the holiday weekend, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency became the latest victim of a ransomware attack. The hackers locked up the Muni’s public transportation ticket machines resulting in free rides on trains and city buses to the public.

It was reported that the ransomware demanded $73,000 in exchange for giving back Muni’s data but the transportation agency avoided paying the ransom and was able to restore its systems back.

According to reports, the ransomware extortion message was visible at multiple Muni train station booths that said “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted.” It also gave an email address ([email protected]) which has been tied to a ransomware family known as HDDCryptor.

Like another ransomware called Petya (click here for more details), HDDCryptor is another variant the rewrites the computer’s master boot record boot sectors and locks out the victim from their computer.

Because of the prevalence of these types of malware attacks, stay vigilant and back up your files regularly.

–Samantha

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Samantha Keller
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