Cyber Crime Results in Free Train Rides

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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.


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Samantha Keller

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Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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