Muni passengers were treated to free rides for much of the weekend after a cyber attack on Muni's computer network Friday afternoon left ticketing kiosks inoperable. But the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency looks poised to lose more than a weekend of fares, Hoodline has learned.
According to the pseudonymous hacker, the agency's computers are being held ransom for more than $73,000 dollars with only one day left to pay—and nearly 25 percent of Muni's network has been compromised.
The severity of the attack still remains unknown to the public. However, documents released by one of the hackers suggest many vital agency functions have been compromised, including payroll, email servers, Quickbooks, NextBus operations, various MySQL database servers, staff training and personal computers for hundreds of employees.
In all, the hackers claim to control 2,112 computers—close to a quarter of SFMTA's 8,656-computer network.
In a statement released by agency spokesperson Paul Rose, “The incident remains under investigation, so it wouldn't be appropriate to provide any additional details at this point.”
The attack, first reported by the Examiner on Saturday, left kiosks across Muni's downtown stations with a message reading, “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key(firstname.lastname@example.org)ID:681 ,Enter.”
Unable to process fares, Muni left turnstiles open for passengers to ride freely.
Read more here: http://hoodline.com/2016/11/hackers-hold-sfmta-s-computer-network-hostage-for-73k-ransom