#CyberHeadlines: MUNI Hack Resolved

#CyberHeadlines: MUNI Hack Resolved

SFMTA was hit with ransomware in MUNI hack

Recent history has really shown us how vulnerable our government really is to cyber-attacks. In 2015, over 20 million government employees’ data was exploited after someone hacked the US Office of Personnel Management; leading up to the 2016 election, 200,000 Illinois voters’ data were compromised; and even more recently, Madison County had been over-taken by ransomware. Well, the year isn’t over yet and neither are the cyber-attacks on government entities. You may have heard that San Francisco’s Muni, running busses, light rail and trolley car systems, was infected with ransomware. Luckily, no customer data was compromised and Muni did not end up having to pay the 100 bitcoins after having cybersecurity experts step in. Although no serious damage was had, it still shows some scary vulnerabilities about our government infrastructure. There could have been more damaging effects, had the hackers chosen different routes to take. I mean, hacking public transportation could lead to a train wreck, quite literally.

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