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San Francisco Transit Hack Gives Free Rides, Then Hacker Gets Hacked

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Passengers board a San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (MUNI) bus in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 05:05 PM

On Saturday, a hacker or hacking group broke into San Francisco’s bus and trolley transit system, called Muni by locals, and demanded $73,000 in bitcoin for access to the system.

The ransomware was deployed Friday afternoon and gave a message reading “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted” on ticket machines. The message also directed people to contact a given email address for the decryption key, according to Fortune.

Most systems are working again now, but Muni was forced to let everyone ride free while the situation was resolved.

San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Agency was able to use backups to restore their systems without paying the bitcoin demanded by the hackers, according to Ars Technica. The ticket systems went back online around 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

The hacker or hacking group later threatened to release 30 GB of data stolen in the hack to the public, Fortune reported. There is no information on what was contained in that data or when it would be released. At the height of the attack, the hackers claimed they controlled about one-fourth of the agency’s 8,656 computers.

The malware was downloaded unknowingly by an IT admin at SFMTA, according to the San Francisco Examiner. The hackers identified themselves as “Andy Saolis,” and have reportedly been responsible for other hacking attempts.

In an ironic turn of events, the still-unknown hacker was himself hacked by another hacker, who released details about his prior hacks and identity to internet security blogger Brian Krebs, who reported the hacker or hacking group seems to have extorted at least $140,000 from victims in the past few months.

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On Saturday, a hacker or hacking group broke into San Francisco's bus and trolley transit system, called Muni by locals, and demanded $73,000 in bitcoin for access to the system.
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